DoubleTree by Hilton Cookie heading to the International Space Station

DoubleTree by Hilton is sending its hospitality into orbit with a new partnership that will see its signature chocolate chip cookie become the first ever food baked in space.

DoubleTree by Hilton has partnered with Zero G Kitchen and NanoRacks to develop a prototype oven designed to make long-duration space travel more hospitable.

Later this year a batch of specially prepared DoubleTree Cookie dough will be launched along with a prototype oven in a rocket bound for the International Space Station.

The Zero G Kitchen Space Oven is a cylindrical-shaped insulated container designed to hold and bake food samples in the microgravity environment of the International Space Station. The oven allows food samples to be placed in a tray where they are held steady inside the oven while baking occurs.

“That’s only fitting for a hotel brand that at the height of the Space Race announced plans for a hotel on the moon”, said senior vice president and global brand head, DoubleTree by Hilton, Shawn McAteer.

“Hilton has long been an industry innovator, and as we celebrate our 100th year, we’re excited to send our hospitality into orbit. The simple gesture of a warm cookie welcome is a favourite of DoubleTree guests around the world, and now we are sharing that moment of hospitality as part of this experiment aboard the International Space Station.”

Ian and Jordana Fichtenbaum, the husband and wife team at Zero G Kitchen who are responsible for the space oven concept, said the DoubleTree Cookie is “the perfect treat to bring a warm welcome to space”.