Starlab Private Space Station: Hilton Hotels to Design Astronaut Suites

The future Starlab private orbital complex should welcome, initially at least, wealthy customers. It is therefore natural that the luxury hotel giant Hilton will be responsible for designing luxurious space suites on board.

The Starlab station is the result of a collaboration between Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin. This will consist of a huge inflatable module, and will be able to accommodate up to four astronauts. But Starlab, entirely from the private sector, will also be able to accommodate wealthy customers. Thus, in order to accommodate this wealthy clientele, Hilton and Voyager Space plan to work together on Starlab’s architecture and design.

Starlab - ©Nanoracks/Lockheed Martin/Voyager Space
Starlab – ©Nanoracks/Lockheed Martin/Voyager Space

The private space station will include hospitality suites, bedrooms and common areas for visiting astronauts. Starlab will also have a lab called George Washington Carver Science Park. Later, the two companies plan to create an “astronaut experience from ground to space”, as well as opportunities in tourism, education and trade.

Starlab: the operational station before the end of the decade

The company spokesperson said:Hilton will bring the company’s renowned hospitality expertise and experience to support the design and development of crew suites aboard Starlab, helping to reimagine the human experience in space, making more comfortable extended stays“.

Starlab is one of a set of private space stations that NASA hopes will replace the International Space Station (ISS) within the next decade. Although ISS operations were recently extended by six years to 2030, the agency has decided that successor space stations will have to be run by the private sector.

Voyager and Nanoracks received $160 million in seed funding from NASA in December 2021. NASA’s total allocated budget of $416 million was split evenly among the three U.S. companies. The Starlab station should see the light of day in 2027barely three years before the abandonment of the ISS, if all goes as planned.

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