SPACE “Candy” for All Space Junkies… Boeing’s in the Space Race!
So to preface why I’m covering this exciting news…
I’m an avid space and science junky, ok-ok a wanna be astronaut actually. I am even a member of the 62mile Club since doing Zero Gravity with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin– who in fact, during our “mission”, taught me some insider tips on what’s needed to get to the moon and back! (still buffering this information!)
Somehow, between all my space geekiness and going Zero G, 62mile Club thinks I’m going to be a part of this sending travelers to space movement, thankfully. And, I’m truly honored! There I am right on their list of “Faces of Space” with Anoushe Ansari- one of a handful of female astronauts, and astronauts Mark Shuttleworth and Dennis Tito, and space researcher- Charles Simonyi who’s trip to space was used to conduct research and further promote human’s colonization of space.
Here’s the link if you’d like to see it to believe it. (I’m still pinching myself!)
Some of you recently have asked, what things perk my interest? Simply talk exoplanetary updates to me! My hot topic right now, I’m completely over the moon with the new propulsion VASMR project.
Yes, my people, I am that geeky.
Some of you all ready know, that I’m also on the list to partake in sub-orbital adventures with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. What you might not know is that I’ll be scrambling to come up with the over-the-top per seat price tag when it comes to fruition. Hopefully by then, I won’t have to mortgage my home or anything. Or… there may be competition which could possibly mean seat deals!
Imagine my interest level peaking this week when Boeing announced a deal with Virgina based, Space Adventures. Goodie, Goodie, Goodie… “space candy” for space junkies… and competition.
So, will Boeing give Virgin Galactic a run for the money in this next generation “space race” ?
We can only look to the skies, to wait and see.
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HOUSTON, Sept. 15, 2010 — The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] and Space Adventures, Ltd. have established a memorandum of agreement regarding the marketing of anticipated transportation services to destinations in low Earth orbit (LEO) on Boeing commercial crew spacecraft.
Under this agreement, Space Adventures will market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) spacecraft to LEO. Potential customers for excess seating capacity include private individuals, companies, non-governmental organizations, and U.S. federal agencies other than NASA. Boeing plans to use the CST-100 to provide crew transportation to the International Space Station (ISS) and future commercial LEO platforms.
“By combining our talents, we can better offer safe, affordable transportation to commercial spaceflight customers,” said Brewster Shaw, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Space Exploration division. “To date, all commercial flights for private spaceflight participants to the ISS have been contracted by Space Adventures. If NASA and the international partners continue to accommodate commercial spaceflight participants on ISS, this agreement will be in concert with the NASA administrator’s stated intent to promote space commerce in low Earth orbit.”
Boeing and Space Adventures have not yet set a price per seat for spaceflight participants, but will do so when full-scale development is under way. Boeing continues to advance its design for the CST-100 spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Space Act Agreement. The spacecraft, which can carry seven people, will be able to fly on multiple launch vehicles and is expected to be operational by 2015.
“We are excited about the potential to offer flights on Boeing’s spacecraft,” said Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures. “With our customer experience and Boeing’s heritage in human spaceflight, our goal is not only to benefit the individuals who fly to space, but also to help make the resources of space available to the commercial sector by bringing the value from space back to Earth.”
Space Adventures has successfully contracted and flown seven spaceflight participants on eight missions to the International Space Station.
Space Adventures, headquartered in Vienna, Va., is the only company that provides orbital spaceflight opportunities to the world marketplace. The company offers a spectrum of programming that ranges from terrestrial weightless flights to orbital missions, flights to the edge of space, and a historic return to the Moon. Space Adventures’ clients have spent over 2,000 hours in space, traveling over 35 million miles.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
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