Designers Create Space Bags for Interstellar Tourism
The 50-year anniversary of the moon landing is bringing about renewed interest in interplanetary exploration, as governments and corporations claim their stake in space. Designers are readying for this touristic frontier with luggage adapted to zero-gravity environments. We unpack two projects.
German luggage brand Horizn Studios teamed up with 18-year-old American astronaut Alyssa Carson to design luggage for commercial flights to the moon. The Horizn One trolley case features a graphene-enhanced carbon fibre shell, making it stronger, lighter and more flexible than conventional baggage. The base is fitted with electromagnets so that it can be secured onto the walls and floor of a spacecraft to be easily accessed when in zero gravity. Extendable straps mean it can be carried as a backpack.
Digital features aid space travel, such as an in-built smart screen that enables staying in contact with loved ones and news back on Earth, and a vacuum function to fit more belongings. The case folds flat when not is use and is laced with silver to reduce bacterial odours, while biometric technology prevents theft as users unlock their bag with their unique fingerprint.
UK designer Deanna Middleton imagines what luggage might look like when extra-terrestrial travel becomes more commonplace. Her design, entitled Aeon, takes a practical approach in managing zero-gravity environments. It is segmented into three compartments so that users only open part of their bag, keeping most of their goods safely stored so as not to float away. An outer strap wraps around all faces of the bag so that it can be easily handled from all angles.