HotelsHilton goes where no man has with Starlab space hospitality crew design, bringing comfort to astronauts amongst the stars.

Hilton takes its hospitality expertise out of this world

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Hilton has been selected to design a home-away-from-home for astronauts in outer space.
Hilton has been selected to design a home-away-from-home for astronauts in outer space.

Hilton has been chosen by global space explorer Voyager Space as its official partner to design the space hospitality crews’ headquarters onboard Starlab, Voyager’s free-flying commercial space station.

The development would include communal areas, hospitality suites and sleeping arrangements for the astronauts.

Hilton will bring its hospitality expertise and experience to support the design and development of Starlab’s crew suites by helping to reimagine the human experience in space while making extended stays more comfortable.

“Starlab will be more than just a destination, it will be an experience made infinitely more unique and artful with the Hilton team’s infusion of innovation, expertise and global reach,” said Dylan Taylor, Chairman and CEO, Voyager Space.

He said Voyager and Hilton are focussed on creating innovative solutions for the future of humanity, as the partnership is expected to open new doors to “what is possible for comfort-focused space exploration and habitation”.

Accordingly, Voyager, and its operating company Nanoracks, were awarded $160 million in NASA funding in 2021 for the Starlab space station, which would replace the International Space Station.

Starlab is planned to have the capacity to continuously host up to four astronauts and house the George Washington Carver (GWC) Science Park, a state-of-the-art laboratory system and first science park in space.

It leverages Voyager and Nanoracks' experience managing global customer experience and research operations on the International Space Station for over a decade.

Chris Nassetta, president and CEO of Hilton, said the hotel has been innovating to enhance the guest experience and pioneering new destinations for travel for over a century.

“For decades, discoveries in space have been positively impacting life on Earth, and now Hilton will have an opportunity to use this unique environment to improve the guest experience wherever people travel.

“This landmark collaboration underscores our deep commitment to spreading the light and warmth of hospitality and providing a friendly, reliable stay – whether on the ground or in outer space,” he added.

Hilton’s strategic partnership with Voyager builds on its involvement in a successful landmark experiment at the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020.

Its famous DoubleTree by Hilton cookies became the first food baked in space, making Hilton the first hospitality company to participate in research aboard the ISS.

Hilton also cites its effect in new and emerging markets, global lodging and hospitality leadership and having welcomed over three billion guests across a portfolio of 18 brands comprising 7,000 properties in 122 countries and territories as having an advantage over its partnership with Voyager.

In addition, the research and design work being dedicated to Starlab could also lead to advancements driving sustainability and greater design efficiencies for future hotel owners in space and on Earth.

Going forward, both parties seek to explore opportunities for longer-term efforts including the ground-to-space astronaut experience, global co-marketing and branding, and other tourism, educational and commercial efforts.

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