Hilton has signed on to design the accommodation and hospitality suites at Starlab, one of three stations in operation to replace the International Space Station (ISS) that is due to retire before 2031.
Partnering with Voyager, which has set out to build a large inflatable habitat slated for launch in 2027—and uses $130 million from NASA to make it happen.
However, the ad doesn’t reveal room details, but it does mention that the Hilton Suites will make “extended stays more comfortable.”
This would be a big change from the living quarters on the International Space Station, which are said to be as comfortable as a five-bedroom home. However, it can sometimes accommodate 13 crew members and large amounts of equipment, making it seem like a crowded space.
Starlab is one of three commercial space stations in operation to replace NASA’s International Space Station
“Starlab will be more than just a destination, it will be an even more unique and artistic experience without limits as the Hilton team injects innovation, expertise and global expansion,” Dylan Taylor, Voyager Space Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
Voyager and Hilton have a strong focus on finding innovative solutions for the future of humanity and this partnership opens new doors to what is possible for space exploration and comfort-focused housing.
Voyager, awarded by NASA $160 million, conflicts with a Blue Origin-led project called Orbital and the Northrup Grumman platform based on the Cygnus spacecraft.
The space station will be in the shape of a large circle and will rotate to generate artificial gravity that is tuned to a level similar to that found on the surface of the Moon. Voyager released this image last year, but it could be the future wings on the station
Starlab is designed by Voyager, which has partnered with the Hilton to create living spaces that make extended stays in the space more comfortable.
Blue Origin received $130 million and Northup Brumman $125.6 million.
All three hope to be up and running by the middle of this decade, with NASA as the client, but the bulk of the funding from commercial sources.
The selected station will be used by NASA and other government agencies, as well as private sector clients, including tourism.
“Hilton has been innovating to improve the guest experience and pioneer new destinations for travel for more than a century,” Chris Nassetta, Hilton President and CEO, said in a statement. “We are excited to partner with Voyager to bring this expertise to Starlab.
For decades, discoveries in space have had a positive impact on life on Earth, and now Hilton will have the opportunity to use this unique environment to improve the guest experience wherever people travel.
“This historic collaboration underscores our deep commitment to spreading the light and warmth of hospitality and providing a friendly and reliable stay – both on Earth and in outer space.”
Voyager and Hilton will partner in the fields of architecture and design, and draw upon Hilton’s word-class creative design and innovation experts, to develop the Starlab’s space-hosting crew headquarters, including common areas, hospitality suites, and sleeping arrangements for the astronauts.
In addition, the teams will seek to explore opportunities together for long-term efforts including the Earth-to-space astronaut experience, global joint marketing and branding, and other tourism, educational and commercial efforts.
Voyager, awarded by NASA $160 million, goes against the Blue Origin project led by Orbital (pictured)
The Northrup Grumman platform is also being developed based on its Cygnus spacecraft
Scheduled to be launched by 2027 in a single flight, Starlab will be “a continuously manned commercial space station dedicated to conducting advanced research and promoting commercial industrial activity.”
The habitat is designed for four astronauts and will have the energy, size and payload capacity equivalent to the International Space Station.
Core elements of the Starlab space station include a large inflatable habitat, designed and built by Lockheed Martin, a metal mooring node, a power and propulsion element, a large robotic arm for servicing cargo and cargo, and a George Washington Carver (GWC) Science Park.
GWC Science Park is a state-of-the-art laboratory system that hosts extensive research, science, and manufacturing capabilities.
“Starlab is the meeting point of Lockheed Martin’s rich aerospace expertise and history, NanoRax innovation, and Voyager’s financial savvy,” said Lisa Callahan of Lockheed Martin.
This team is equipped to assist NASA in its mission to expand access to low Earth orbit and enable a transformative commercial space economy.
Blue Origin Orbital Reef is designed to be a ‘mixed-use space business complex’ that provides the essential infrastructure needed to support all types of human spaceflight activity in low Earth orbit and can be scaled up to serve new markets, according to the group.
Northrop Grumman has not yet named its next space station, but says it is designed to be a standard commercial destination in low Earth orbit.
The design makes use of proven elements in flight, such as the Cygnus spacecraft that provides cargo delivery to the International Space Station and will be able to support four crew members at any one time.
Illustrated: The $100 billion International Space Station is located 250 miles above Earth
The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering laboratory orbiting 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.
It has been permanently staffed with rotating crews of astronauts and cosmonauts since November 2000.
The crews came mainly from the United States and Russia, but the Japanese space agency JAXA and the European Space Agency ESA also sent astronauts.
The International Space Station has been continuously occupied for more than 20 years and has been expended with many new units added and upgrades to the systems
Research aboard the International Space Station often requires one or more of the unusual conditions found in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.
ISS studies have investigated human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy, and meteorology.
The US space agency, NASA, spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) annually on the space station programme, with the remaining funding coming from international partners, including Europe, Russia and Japan.
The station has so far been visited by 244 people from 19 countries, including eight citizens who have spent up to $50 million on their visit.
There is an ongoing debate about the future of the station after 2025, when it is believed that some of the original structure will reach the “end of life”.
Russia, the station’s main partner, plans to launch its own orbital platform around that time, with Axiom Space, a private company, planning to send its own units for purely commercial use to the station at the same time.
NASA, the European Space Agency, JAXA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are working together to build a space station in lunar orbit, and Russia and China are working on a similar project, which would also include a surface base.