Space Adventures, the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, announced today that Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., intends to train with the Soyuz TMA-14 crew in preparation for a spring mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Space Adventures became world renowned in 2001 with the launch of client Dennis Tito, the worldâ€™s first privately funded spaceflight participant. Since then, the company has launched four other individuals to space, including Dr. Simonyi, who completed his first space mission in the spring of 2007.
â€œHaving a repeat orbital client demonstrates to the world that participating in a space mission is truly a magnificent and awe-inspiring experience. It is also an excellent example that the marketplace is even larger than previously anticipated because of the potential occurrence of clients who fly on multiple occasions,â€ said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. â€œWe congratulate Charles on his continued commitment to commercial spaceflight. We look forward to assisting him in preparation for the spring 2009 mission.â€
Space Adventuresâ€™ sixth orbital spaceflight client, Richard Garriott, son of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, is currently scheduled to launch to the ISS on October 12, 2008.
Space Adventures will host a teleconference for the media with Dr. Simonyi on October 6, 2008 to discuss the details surrounding his intended space mission. Please contact Stacey Tearne at email@example.com or at +1 703-894-2192 to register for the call and to receive dial-in instructions.
No other information is available at this time.