Hilton is building hotel rooms for astronauts in space


Space hotels may seem like a science fiction fantasy, but they are on the way to becoming a reality. Hilton has become the official hotel partner of Voyager Space, which intends to build and operate a private Low Earth Orbit (LEO) space station called Starlab.

Hilton, in fact, is no stranger to space. In 2020, it became the first hotel brand to participate in research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) – astronauts used the world’s first space oven to bake the famous DoubleTree by Hilton cookies in orbit. Cookies became the first food baked in space.

But the Starlab project is much more monumental, even if it is far from being a real space hotel.

Starlab is one of four private space stations under development under NASA’s LEO commercial destinations program, which seeks to replace the ISS after it is decommissioned in 2030. NASA’s ultimate goal for the program is that private companies launch LEO space stations from which they can purchase services. (It’s similar to how NASA buys rocket launches from SpaceX for its astronauts.)

In 2021, NASA awarded Voyager Space parent company NanoRacks $160 million to develop Starlab, which will house the George Washington Carver Science Park (GWC), an orbiting laboratory. This was the program’s largest grant.

Hilton’s portion of the project will revolve around crew accommodation and common areas — Starlab will be able to accommodate up to four astronauts at a time. And while Starlab will likely be used by professional astronauts at first, the idea of ​​space tourism isn’t out of the question.

“For decades, discoveries in space have positively impacted life on Earth, and now Hilton will have the opportunity to use this unique environment to enhance the guest experience wherever people travel,” said Chris Nassetta, Chairman and CEO of Hilton, in a released statement. at Travel + Leisure. “This historic collaboration underscores our deep commitment to spreading the light and warmth of hospitality and providing a friendly and reliable stay, whether on earth or in space.”

Voyager expects Starlab to be operational as soon as 2027, although space programs are notorious for delays. But what we really want to know is if the astronauts will be able to earn Hilton Honors points during their stay…


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