The dream of many Brits who hoped to be an astronaut as a child is set to become a reality far sooner than anyone expected.
A space hotel is set to be built and luxury hotel chain Hilton will be the official partner of the out-of-this-world destination.
Voyager Space intends to build a private space station in low-Earth orbit that will act as a hotel for paying guests called Starlab.
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And, it could be operational in as little as five years' time…
The Hilton has previously shown interest in space travel when the famous DoubleTree by Hilton cookies were made in space on the first space oven.
That made Hilton’s iconic biscuits the first food baked by humans in space.
But, a true Hilton hotel that’s not Earth-side is sure to make a far bigger impact on travel as we know it…
We found out everything there is to know so far about Starlab.
Hilton will help to design the interior of the space station hotel meaning it’s set to be a luxury experience for space-goers.
While zooming through space at 17,000mph you’ll be surrounded by the clean glamour of the Hilton.
The four-person space station will apparently feature a habitat module of 12,000 cubic feet, according to space.com.
So it seems it will be small, but comfortable – and images released by Hilton are certainly impressive.
However, thus far little has been released about the interior’s design – we just hope there will be cookies and incredible views.
So far, the Spacelab is scheduled to be launched all in one go sometime in 2027.
It's a vague launch date, but that’s less than five full years away!
What’s on board
The station will be made up of the habitat module, a power and propulsion element, a laboratory setup and a large external robotic arm that lets the hotel access payloads and cargo.
Skylab will have room for up to four astronauts and will house the state-of-the-art lab and "science park."
The hotel will be free-flying and will be a research and manufacturing hub as well as a tourist attraction.
Nanoracks, Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin noted: “To meet U.S. government, international space agency and commercial needs in space, these industry leaders will develop Starlab specifically to enable the growing space economy and meet pent-up customer demand for space services such as materials research, plant growth and astronaut activity”.
Starlab will be one of four private space stations under development through NASA’s Commercial LEO Destinations Program.
The end-goal is to create a hotel and a hub that can bolster an off-Earth economy.
This means that it will also be used by professional astronauts as a replacement for the International Space Station that has circled the globe for over 20 years.
Hilton's part of the project will apparently revolve around crew accommodations and communal spaces, reports Travel + Leisure, as well as any hospitality suites.
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Chris Nassetta, Hilton's president and CEO, stated: "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.”
A Hilton spokesperson also said it wanted to"reimagine the human experience in space, making extended stays more comfortable."
They said it would be “unique and artful” as well as infused with “innovation”.
Pricing & getting there
So far, no information is available about the exact price of a stay on Starlab.
But, considering a private suborbital trip on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and Blue Origin's New Shepard cost between $250,000 and $500,000 (£231,000 and £462,000) it’s bound to be expensive.
The space station itself is set to cost millions to build – so it’s definitely going to be a once-in-a-lifetime holiday stay.
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