Berlin – The luggage brand is looking to the future of travel with a range of tech-enabled suitcases suited to space tourism.
The company’s in-house design team Horizn Studios partnered with 18-year-old astronaut-in-training Alyssa Carson to envisage a set of luggage that could be carried into space, while meeting the needs of tomorrow's travellers. The resulting case has a graphene-enhanced carbon fibre shell, meaning it would weigh only 900g, and is designed to fold flat when not in use.
Other features include an electromagnetic baseplate, which enables it to be secured to floors or walls in zero gravity situations, while an inductive charging field allows energy to be stored within the case for wireless device charging. A built-in smart screen will also allow travellers to communicate with people back on earth.
The case expected to be commercially available by 2030, in line with companies such as Virgin Galactic and Space X launching space tourism programmes. Looking ahead, designers are considering how they can create both luggage and apparel fit for intergalactic tourism.