18-year old NASA astronaut-in-training co-creates cabin luggage designed for space tourism

18-year old NASA astronaut-in-training co-creates cabin luggage designed for space tourism

18-year old astronaut-in-training alyssa carson — on track to be the first person to land on mars — has teamed up with smart travel brand horizn studios to co-design space-travel inspired NASA cabin luggage. the limited edition design celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on 20 july, and features the NASA logo and commemorative luggage tag inspired by the ground-breaking spaceflight. the M5 cabin luggage is finished in apollo white with orange and blue trims, and includes a built-in smart charger, 360° spinner wheels and an aerospace-grade polycarbonate hard shell.



the space-travel inspired piece — available from july 19 — is part of a wider campaign, which has seen carson collaborate with horizn studio’s team of designers and engineers in a design study to develop the world’s first luggage for space travel: horizn one. the teenage astronaut-in-training has drawn on her training and expertise to create visual prototypes of luggage for ‘generation space’. the pioneering carry-on boats a range of innovative tech features and materials, including a graphene-enhanced carbon fibre structure, electromagnetic base, biometric security, smart screens and bacteriostatic technology.



‘the apollo 11 mission was such an important milestone in our journey to space, and I am so excited to be able to honour this achievement with luggage that will hopefully inspire everyone to push their boundaries,‘ carson says.


‘we’ve always set out to disrupt and innovate the industry. fifty years after man landed on the moon, private space voyages are just around the corner and with this new dawn of travel comes the need for product innovation on an astronomical scale,’ stefan holwe, founder of horizn studios adds.



  • I wish the economy was large enough for us all to have jobs with government benefits, including full retirement even if you never really had to do anything that worked or produced little more than a cultural lift to a small segment of society.

    I would take all this idle brainpower and re-purpose them as educators for the poor …or, let them go to work for commercial ventures.


    Jimmy Xi says:
  • Kudos to her for all that she has accomplished. But she is not part of NASA nor is she an astronaut candidate.

    Kris says:
  • Well then, who is she if not an astronaut in training?

    Bob Galen says:

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