zero2infinity Receives Award

Josep Maria Lladó (left) accepts the John Connell Innovation Award from Mike Weatherley (right) MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of near-space flights company zero2infinity at the ‘Noise Oscars’ hosted at the House of Commons on 6th November. (Pic credit: Picture Partnership – Andrew Dunsmore)

LONDON, UK (zero2infinity PR) — Quiet Mark, a trading arm of the charitable foundation Noise Abatement Society, has presented Spanish company zero2infinity with its special Award of Distinction at the NAS John Connell Awards 2012. Josep Maria Lladó, founder of Ultramagic Balloons and investor in zero2infinity, received the accolade for the company’s work to bring quiet and environmentally friendly near-space travel to the mass market.

Poppy Elliott, Managing Director of Quiet Mark, commented: “zero2infinity is a company offering something completely unique, a chance to touch space without the use of explosive rockets, or powered aircraft which can have a negative environmental affect both in terms of noise pollution and gas emissions. They were the obvious choice for our Quiet Mark Award of Distinction this year, which recognises true technological and environmental innovation of this kind.”

The John Connell Awards, held annually at The House of Commons, were established 11 years ago to recognise John Connell’s extensive lobbying of the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. The awards recognise Local Authorities, Commercial organisations and individuals judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to both reduce the impact of noise nuisance, and to seek to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution.

José Mariano López Urdiales, founder and CEO of zero2infinity, added: “We are making incredible progress with our vision to make space tourism a reality and plan to start commercial operations before 2015. We will offer a truly out-of-this-world experience, which will change people’s perspective on the planet forever and, we believe, help more people understand the need to protect our planet’s fragile ecosystem.  We’re really pleased to be recognised by Quiet Mark with this award, and will continue to push forward the boundaries of peaceful space flight.”

About zero2infinity

zero2infinity is a private company developing its first project bloon, a smart, scalable and clean solution to Near-Space Tourism. bloon is a near-space ship in which travellers will enjoy a 2 hour view beyond the blue skies into the blackness of space using a safe and tested helium balloon and a pressurized pod with panoramic windows to an altitude of 36 km. For more information, please visit zero2infinity’s website, like us on Facebook or follow zero2infinity on Twitter @flyabloon

About Quiet Mark

In our stressful lives we are surrounded by a cacophony of sound that we have little power to stop. The louder the noise around us the more energy we waste to overcome it, and it is getting worse day by day. If we don’t do something about this soon, our ability to hear the subtle sounds around us will disappear. Quiet Mark is embarking on a journey to redress the situation, to create a demand for the use of quieter technology in our homes, in our workplace and in the open air. Quiet Mark, a not-for-profit trading arm of the Noise Abatement Society charity, sprang from the response to public complaints received by the Society’s 24/7 national noise helpline, concerning the volume of excessive noise made by household tools and appliances which invade the fabric of everyday life.

Quiet Mark brings the answer with a universal symbol and system of support for consumers and industry alike and is a vehicle to finance transformation of the aural environment for the benefit of all. Quiet Mark product submissions are assessed by a team of the UK’s leading acousticians at the Association of Noise Consultants.

The response from industry internationally has been overwhelmingly positive with over 35 leading global brands across first 30 product categories from dishwashers to garden tools now on board including AEG Electrolux, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Whirlpool who have achieved awards for their quieter products with the distinctive purple Quiet Mark logo. The world’s first quiet showcase featuring the award winners and other practical peace making solutions in Quiet Mark’s Win a Quiet Life in 2012 monthly promotion at

About the Noise Abatement Society

The remit of this national charity is to abate excessive and unnecessary noise to protect the public and improve the environment. Working with Government and Industry over the last fifty years the Noise Abatement Society has achieved a reputation for collaborative partnerships to find practical solutions to noise problems, underscored by programmes to raise awareness and educate about measured, considered and responsible use of sound.

  • Wasting helium in balloons is OK, but noisy rockets are BAD? Mmmkay…

    What’s next, running outside in thunderstorms and going “SSSHHHHHH!”?!