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Space Adventures News Update

Published by Sigurd De Keyser on Thu Mar 24, 2005 11:46 pm
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March 24, 2005Space Adventures Donates Two Seats on a Zero-Gravity Flight to the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation

This evening, the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation will honor its Chairman Emeritus Steven Spielberg for his vision and leadership in aiding seriously ill children and their families. Two Space Adventures’ seats aboard a Zero-Gravity flight have been selected as an item to be featured during the live auction segment of the evening.

“Not only with the highest bidder and a friend experience the simulation of being in space through a Zero-Gravity flight, but all proceeds will benefit the Starlight Starbright foundation,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. “Children are the key to our future. Tomorrow’s tomorrow will be shaped by the children of today. With that said, I applaud the foundation and the commitment of its leaders to touch the lives of ailing children.”

The specially outfitted aircraft flies in a parabolic flight pattern to simulate weightlessness. The aircraft begins from level flight and pitches up to approximately 45 degrees nose-high and wings level. As the airplane flies upward, passengers experience about two times their body weight. Then, the engines are powered back and the airplane glides over the top of the arch and weightlessness begins. The aircraft is then slowly pulled out of the dive and then the maneuver is repeated. Passengers experience approximately 30 seconds of zero-gravity during each parabola. There are usually 12 parabolas per flight.

The Zero-Gravity day program also includes a pre-flight training session with a former astronaut, a celebratory lunch after the flight, mission log book, duffel bag, t-shirts, framed photograph along with a certificate, mission patch, and a DVD of photos and video coverage of the flight.

March 23, 2005Eric Anderson of Space Adventures Speaks at Release 1.0’s Flight School

Today in Scottsdale, Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space experiences company, spoke at the inaugural Flight School conference, a gathering of entrepreneurs and financiers of commercial space travel and on-demand air taxi business. The conference was coordinated by Release 1.0, a property of CNET Networks, Inc. and the organizer of the annual PC Forum technology conference.

“Independent market research data, compiled over the last several years, has shown that commercial space travel has the potential to be a billion-dollar industry in the next 20 years,” says Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. “With this burgeoning industry, there are many first-time-ever opportunities for not only adventurers, but investors alike.”

March 19, 2005Space Adventures Donates a Zero-Gravity Charter Flight to The Explorers Club

This evening, at The Explorers Club Annual Dinner in New York City, a Space Adventures’ Zero-Gravity charter flight will be featured as one of the seven items selected to be auctioned live by Sotheby’s Senior Auctioneer, Hugh Hildesley.

The President of The Explorers Club, Richard Wiese, will travel with the 11 other participants to Russia for the weightless experience. “Not only will the highest bidder get to take 10 friends on a Zero-G flight, but they will also be able to tour Moscow and historic Star City, where Yuri Gagarin trained for his spaceflight,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. “I commend Richard and all the members of The Explorers Club on pursuing expeditions on all frontiers. We, at Space Adventures, share many of same philosophies, including the importance of exploration.”

The specially outfitted aircraft, the Illyushin-76 MDK, flies in a parabolic flight pattern to simulate weightlessness. The aircraft begins from level flight and pitches up to approximately 45 degrees nose-high and wings level. As the airplane flies upward, passengers experience about two times their body weight. Then, the engines are powered back and the airplane glides over the top of the arch and weightlessness begins. The aircraft is then slowly pulled out of the dive and then the maneuver is repeated. Passengers experience approximately 30 seconds of zero-gravity during each parabola. There are usually 12 parabolas per flight.

The Zero-Gravity day program also includes a pre-flight briefing with Space Adventures’ Zero-Gravity training team, a celebratory lunch after the flight with a Russian cosmonaut, a tour of Yuri Gagarin Training Center in Star City, and a DVD with photos and video coverage of the flight along with a personalized web page.

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