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Space Adventures Considers Australia as Location for Suborbital Spaceport

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Sat Jul 31, 2004 2:39 pm
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chabot imageSpace Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space experiences company, continues scouting potential locations around the world for a suborbital spaceport, but considers Australia as the leading contender.

“Numerous government authorities in Australia view the construction and operation of a suborbital spaceport as a truly unique opportunity to increase jobs and, eventually, will welcome thousands of tourists to the area,” said Chuck Sammons, vice president of Suborbital Spaceflight and Spaceport Development for Space Adventures. “We, at Space Adventures, continue to strive to bring private space travel to all private citizens worldwide. Selecting a viable location for our spaceport is another step in making commercial suborbital spaceflight a reality.”

Space Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private tourists to the International Space Station, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with an office in Moscow, Russia. It offers a variety of programs such as Zero Gravity, MiG flights, cosmonaut training, space flight 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 and Byron Lichtenberg; and Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott.

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