Space Adventures Ltd. announced today that game developer Richard Garriott, son of former astronaut Owen Garriott has begun preparations for a commercially active mission to the ISS. The space flight is planned for October 2008 and is intended to be the first in a series of missions.
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The missions are intended to accommodate commercial activity aboard the ISS. "It has always been Space Adventures' goal to open the space frontier. Now, with Richard's flight, we have designed a series of missions devoted to increase commercial involvement in manned space missions," said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. "It is a very rare occasion when so many commercial opportunities are available in one space mission. We encourage interested parties to contact us."
The first commercial research partner for the mission is a company called ExtremoZyme, Inc., which is a biotech company co-founded by Owen Garriott. "I am dedicating my spaceflight to science," said Mr. Garriott. "It is my goal to devote a significant amount of my time aboard the space station to science, engineering and educational projects. I understand the necessity for conducting research in extreme environments whether it is collecting microorganisms from deep sea hydrothermal vents to carrying out experiments in the continuous micro-gravity of Earth orbit." He continued, "We need to be adventurous in mind and stimulate our intellects to answer today's most daunting scientific questions and to invent tomorrow's technological marvels."
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Via Richard in Space