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Encyclopedia > Space Adventures
Space Adventures, Ltd.
Type Private
Founded 1997
Headquarters Vienna, Virginia, USA
Industry Commercial Spaceflight
Products space tourism
Website www.spaceadventures.com

Space Adventures, Ltd. is a space tourism company that provides access to space to private citizens. A private company is a company that is independently owned. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Vienna is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. ... The curvature of the Earth seen from orbit would be one of the main attractions for tourists paying to go into space Space tourism is the recent phenomenon of space travel by individuals for the purpose of personal pleasure. ... A website (or Web site) is a collection of web pages, images, videos and other digital assets and hosted on a particular domain or subdomain on the World Wide Web. ... The curvature of the Earth seen from orbit would be one of the main attractions for tourists paying to go into space Space tourism is the recent phenomenon of space travel by individuals for the purpose of personal pleasure. ...

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Background

Eric C. Anderson is the president and CEO of Space Adventures. He co-founded Space Adventures in 1997 with several other entrepreneurs from the aerospace, adventure travel and entertainment industries and has managed the company over the past several years, selling more than $120M in space tourist flights. He has developed and financed over $500 million (USD) in new projects for Space Adventures, including two global spaceports and the first private voyage to the moon, set to launch in 2009. Eric Anderson is the president and CEO of Space Adventures the world’s premier space tourism company and the only company in the world to have sent paying passengers to space. ...

The company sells a variety of flights such as Zero-Gravity flights, cosmonaut training and actual spaceflights. In May 2001, it sent American businessman Dennis Tito to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a Soyuz spacecraft for a reported $20 million payment, making him the first space tourist in history. South African businessman Mark Shuttleworth did the same in April 2002 becoming the 'First African in Space'. Greg Olsen became the third private citizen to travel to the ISS in October 2005, followed by the first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari, who completed her 10-day orbital mission in September 2006. Microsoft co-founder and creator of Word and Excel, Charles Simonyi, became the world's fifth space tourist in April 2007. Download high resolution version (1356x1100, 278 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1356x1100, 278 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Mark Shuttleworth arrived at the ISS on April 27, 2002. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dennis Anthony Tito (born August 8, 1940 in Queens, New York) is a United States multimillionaire who gained celebrity status by becoming the first space tourist to pay for his own ticket, although he himself opposes being called tourist and asks to be called an independent researcher since he performed... Soyuz TMA-6 spacecraft approaching the International Space Station Soyuz (Russian: Союз, pronounced sah-YOUS, meaning union) is a series of spacecraft designed by Sergey Korolyov for the Soviet Unions space program. ... Mark Shuttleworth arrived at the ISS on April 27, 2002. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Gregory Olsen is the chairman of Sensors Unlimited, which develops sensitive near-infrared cameras. ... Anousheh Ansari (Persian: ‎, born 12 September 1966) is the Iranian-American co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, Inc. ... Charles Simonyi (Hungarian: Simonyi Károly; born September 10, 1948, Budapest) is a computer software executive who, as head of Microsofts application software group, oversaw the creation of Microsofts flagship office applications. ...


Circumlunar flights

On August 10, 2005, the company announced a project named Deep Space Expeditions Alpha(DSE-Alpha), the first planned commercial spaceflight to the far side of the Moon. Travelers will be able to experience weightlessness, view the Earth from 250,000 miles away and travel in the footsteps of space explorers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they experience a close-up view of the Moon. Two commercial seats are available for the mission priced at $100 million (USD) each.[1] August 10 is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Deep Space Expedition Alpha (DSE-Alpha), is the name given to the mission planned to take the first space tourists to fly around the moon. ... Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ... Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ... Neil Alden Armstrong (born August 5, 1930) is a former American astronaut, test pilot, university professor, and Naval Aviator, and was the first human to set foot on the Moon. ... Colonel Buzz Eugene Aldrin, Sc. ... Apparent magnitude: up to -12. ...


Explorer suborbital vehicle

The company, along with Prodea and FSA, is currently developing a suborbital space transportation system, called Explorer. The vehicle has been designed by Myasishchev Design Bureau, a Russian aerospace organization which has developed a wide-array of aircraft and space systems. The Explorer aerospace system consists of a flight-operational carrier aircraft, the M-55X, and a rocket spacecraft. It will have the capacity to transport up to five people to space. Prodea Systems is a consumer technology company headquartered in Plano, Texas, United States. ...


Spaceports

In February 2006, the company announced it was developing commercial spaceports in the United Arab Emirates and Singapore with plans to expand globally. The UAE spaceport is to be located in Ras al-Khaimah, located less than an hour drive from Dubai. In addition to suborbital spaceflights, Spaceport Singapore will operate astronaut training facilities and a public education and interactive visitor center. Spaceport Singapore visitors will be able to experience Zero-Gravity flights, G-force training in a centrifuge, and simulated space walks in a neutral buoyancy tank. The flag of Ras al-Khaimah Ras Al-Khaimah (Arabic: رأس الخيمة the top of the tent) is one of the United Arab Emirates. ... Coordinates: Emirate Dubai Government  - Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Area [1]  - Metro 4,114 km² (1,588. ...


Spacewalk

On July 21, 2006 the company announced that they would begin offering a spacewalk option to their clients traveling to the ISS. The addition of the spacewalk, which would allow participants to spend up to 1.5 hours outside of the space station, would cost about $15 million and would lengthen the orbital mission approximately six to eight days . The spacewalk would be completed in the Russian designed Orlan space suit. The training for the spacewalk would require an extra month of training on top of the six months already required. July 21 is the 202nd day (203rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 163 days remaining. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Peggy A. Whitson, Expedition Five flight engineer, in an Orlan-M space suit as she prepares for an EVA. (NASA) The Orlan space suits are a series of semi-rigid space suits designed and built by NPP Zvezda for use in the Soviet space program and Russian space program. ...


See also

This space for sale Private spaceflight is flight above 100km Earth altitude conducted by an entity other than a government. ...

External links

  • Space Adventures
  • Space Daily article on 2004/2005 space tourist contract
  • Spaceport Singapore
  • Space tourism: ready for the masses? 20 June 2006

  Results from FactBites:
 
SPACE.com -- Space Adventures Unveils the Cosmopolis XXI, First Spacecraft Aimed at Tourism Trade (398 words)
Space Adventures, Ltd. today announced the debut of the Cosmopolis XXI Aerospace System (C-21), a next-generation spacecraft designed specifically for sub-orbital space tourist flights.
The three-seat passenger vehicle was developed by the same aerospace company responsible for the design of the former Soviet Union's Buran Space Shuttle, the Myasishchev Design Bureau (MDB), in collaboration with the Cosmopolis XXI Suborbital Corporation and Space Adventures.
Four days of space flight orientation including centrifuge, zero-gravity and high-altitude jet flight training, as well as safety and onboard system lessons are expected to be required.
SPACE.com -- Suborbital Rocketship Fleet to Carry Tourists Spaceward in Style (1057 words)
For the adventurous at heart, 2.5 million stars are yours to explore.
While Space Adventures has not yet released specific details about its Explorer vehicles aside from their intended occupancy and maximum altitude, the fact that they will launch from the same M-55X parent craft hints that they may be similar to Cosmopolis, though the addition of two seats aboard Explorer suggests a larger cabin.
Space Adventures is also working with a consortium of investors in Singapore to develop Spaceport Singapore, a facility that will offer not only suborbital spaceflights, but also astronaut training, parabolic flights to simulate weightlessness, and other high-altitude attractions.
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