In support of its mission to broaden public awareness of the benefits of space exploration, the Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc. is giving the public the opportunity to take the ride of a lifetime to the edge of space! We have established an innovative contest giving any U.S. citizen age 18 or older the chance to purchase tickets at $10 a piece to be placed into a raffle.
Commercial passenger spaceflight is expensive, with fares costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. At such a high price, most people simply can’t afford to experience spaceflight. This contest is designed to give the opportunity for a member of the public to fly aboard a commercial spacecraft who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity by raising funds to cover the cost of the flight and then awarding the seat to one of the participants in the contest.
The contest will end when either the required number of tickets have been sold to cover the prize costs or on December 31, 2012, whichever comes later. This ensures that sufficient funds are raised for the spaceflight and that everyone will have an adequate opportunity to purchase tickets.
At the end of the contest, one ticket will be selected at random from all of the entries. The owner of the selected ticket will be awarded the prize of a suborbital spaceflight on a commercial passenger space vehicle. During his or
her flight, the individual will fly to 60 miles above the surface of the Earth and experience several minutes of weightlessness before re-entering the atmosphere and gliding to a smooth runway landing.
Less than 500 people have flown in space all history of humankind. Hundreds more have lined up to ride on the futuristic commercial space vehicles now in development. For example, Virgin Galactic currently has 400 people who have signed up and placed deposits for rides aboard their spaceships.
Details about the contest may be found on the ARES Institute website at http://www.aresinstitute.org/contest. The contest Terms & Conditions are located at http://www.aresinstitute.org/contest/terms.php.
This contest is designed to both provide an opportunity for a member of the public to experience spaceflight as well as act as a fund-raising vehicle for the organization. ARES Institute is a 501 c(3) non-profit formed in the State of Florida and relies on donations, in-kind contributions and grants to support its programs.
ARES Institute is engaged in innovative programs to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education among secondary and college-level students. The organization’s mission also includes public outreach activities to raise public awareness and support of space exploration.
Specifically, ARES Institute is working to establish a hands-on space-oriented engineering program to give students the opportunity to work with real rockets and scientific payloads, stimulating their interest in related fields while providing valuable skills training for the aerospace workforce of the future.
We are also engaged in efforts to establish a cutting-edge fusion research laboratory on Florida’s Space Coast. Fusion and plasma science may hold key answers to problems of clean energy, waste remediation, and terrestrial as well as space propulsion. SPHERELAB II is being developed to conduct research in these areas and advance the state of the start while, at the same time, giving college-level students the opportunity to work hands-on with technologies vital to the future health and prosperity of humanity.
ARES Institute publishes an online space news and multimedia website, is working on start up of a new monthly print magazine and produces webcasts to entertain and educate the public.
Please direct requests for information or media inquiries to:
Matthew Travis, Executive Director
Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc.
316 Rutgers Ave.
Melbourne, FL. 32901
Aerospace Research & Engineering Systems Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-profit Organization formed under the laws of the State of Florida. The mission of ARES Institute is to stimulate advances in science, technology, engineering and math education by inspiring America’s youth to pursue careers in aerospace-related fields. All gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information, visit http://www.aresinstitute.org