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Space Adventures and Oracle to Send Software Developer into Space

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Fri Sep 16, 2005 5:44 pm
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Space Adventures and Oracle today announced that they will be sending Brian Emmett, a senior software developer for Oracle’s customer Stryker, to suborbital space. A leader and innovator in the global software industry, Oracle teamed with Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space experience company, to create the Oracle Space Sweepstakes and provide a software developer with the unique opportunity to win a trip to space.

As the grand prize winner of the Oracle Space Sweepstakes, Emmett, 30, of Mountain View, Calif., received a reservation for a commercial flight to suborbital space. For entry into the sweepstakes, Emmett demonstrated thorough knowledge of Oracle developer tools by completing a series of tutorials and quizzes focused on Oracle’s latest Java and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) development technologies. Emmett was randomly selected from a pool of qualified entries as the winner of the suborbital spaceflight. During the flight, Emmett will experience weightlessness at 62 miles above the Earth’s surface and will have the opportunity to view the brilliant curvature of the planet while watching the stars and space.

“I’ve been interested in space travel since I was a kid,” said Emmett, who attended Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama when he was in eighth-grade. “The fact that I can participate in ushering in the age of commercial space development is very exciting. Oracle is a visionary company for recognizing the allure of this journey and participating in such a cutting-edge project.”

“Oracle is a pioneer in leading-edge technologies,” said Ted Farrell, chief architect and vice president, Application Development Tools, Oracle. “We found it fitting to reward a contest that has developers exploring state-of-the-art IT technologies with something from the burgeoning commercial space industry by sending a lucky developer to the edge of space.”

“Brian will have the unique opportunity to participate in the birth of suborbital space travel. And as a space enthusiast, he understands the significance of such a flight,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. “The commercial availability of suborbital space travel will enable thousands to experience what only a few hundred have before them.”

Cutting-Edge Oracle Technology Leads to Space Voyage: The Oracle Space Sweepstakes was designed to help software developers increase their understanding and use of leading-edge Java and SOA development technologies. Held in U.S., the District of Columbia and Canada from December 5, 2004 to May 31, 2005, the sweepstakes challenged participants to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise by correctly answering several multiple-choice questions in a series of quizzes focused on the latest Java and SOA technologies, including Struts, J2EE persistence, code optimization, Application Development Framework, JavaServer Faces, application deployment and manageability, Web services and Business Process Execution Language (BPEL). Participants also tested Oracle JDeveloper 10g, Oracle Application Server Containers for J2EE (OC4J) 10g, Oracle BPEL Process Manager 10g and Oracle TopLink 10g to successfully complete the Oracle Space Sweepstakes quizzes.

Emmett completed quizzes on Oracle technology including Oracle’s suite of Application Development Tools, a complete and flexible infrastructure for J2EE and SOA application development and deployment that is built on a scaleable, manageable and reliable grid-ready infrastructure. Oracle is the only vendor to provide developers with a 100 percent open J2EE productivity framework to improve efficiency without proprietary formats or vendor lock-in. Developers also realize benefits using the extremely fast, light run-time Java Server (OC4J), as well as the industry’s leading BPEL engine, Oracle BPEL Process Manager.

Grand prize winners of the Oracle Space Sweepstakes will also be announced from EMEA and the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to the suborbital flights, other sweepstakes prizes include Mac PowerBooks, Apple iPods and “Star Wars” trilogy DVD sets. The sweepstakes was handled by Marden-Kane, Manhasset, New York.

About Oracle: Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world’s largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com/.

About Space Adventures: Space Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private explorers to space, is headquartered in Arlington, Va. with offices in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Moscow and Tokyo. It offers a variety of programs such as Zero-Gravity and MiG flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts. The company’s advisory board comprises Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, shuttle astronauts Kathy Thornton, Robert (Hoot) Gibson, Charles Walker, Norm Thagard, Sam Durrance, Byron Lichtenberg, Pierre Thuot and Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott.

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