Space Adventures to build a Sub-Orbital Spaceport
By Mike Hanlon
June 4, 2004
Space Adventures, the world's leading space tourism company, is currently exploring several locations around the world for construction of a space tourism spaceport. Sites are being considered in Australia, The Bahamas, Florida, Japan, Malaysia, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Singapore and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Operations at the spaceport will include sub-orbital flights, a space flight training centre and other activities.'This is an ideal economic scenario for local communities. The building and operation of a Space Adventures' spaceport will undoubtedly bring tens of millions of dollars in the short-term and hundreds of millions in the long-term to the local economy through the increase of jobs and of tourists to the area and the required ancillary support,' said Tim Franta, space business consultant and former director of business development at Florida Space Authority.
'It will be a win-win for both Space Adventures and the selected region.''Securing the location of a spaceport will be a progressive step for Space Adventures in its evolution from a space experiences provider to an actual space flight academy,' said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures.
'We are aggressively seeking a location and enthusiastically look forward to the launch of the first Space Adventures' sub-orbital flight from our spaceport in the coming years.' The next generation spacecraft vehicles that will be used for the sub-orbital flights are now being tested. Space Adventures is the marketing and experience operations partner for several of theleading space vehicle manufacturing companies and has already taken over 100 seat reservations for explorers from around the world.
Space Adventures' sub-orbital program will consist of a detailed four-day flight preparation and training experience. The highly focused and inspiring pre-flight agenda will familiarize each passenger with the flight program, critical vehicle systems, flight operations, zero gravity conditions, in-flight accelerations, and space flight safety procedures.
On launch day, flight specialists will assist the passengers in suiting up and guiding each through the final checklist. Each flight will be directed by both a skilled-pilot and a precise computer controlled system. As each vehicle reaches their maximum altitude, the rocket engines will shutdown and the passengers will experience up to five minutes of continuous weightlessness, all the while gazing at the vast blackness of space set against the blue horizon of the Earth below.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 sub-orbital spacecrafts. The company's advisory board comprises Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin; shuttle astronauts Kathy Thomton, Robert (Hoot) Gibson, Charles Walker, Nom Thagard, Sam Durrance and Byron Lichtenber; and Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott. For more information, please visit www.spaceadventures.com.