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Mojave Journal: The Ansari X Prize’s Awkward Family Reunion

Ansari X Prize 10th anniversary panel discussion on Oct. 4, 2014.

Ansari X Prize 10th anniversary panel discussion on Oct. 4, 2014.

One Year Ago, the Ansari X Prize Turned 10
It Was an Uncomfortable Birthday

By Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

The planes kept coming and coming. One after another, they swooped out of a blue desert sky and touched down on the runway at the Mojave Air and Space Port. By mid-morning there were at least a dozen private jets stretched along the flight line running east from the Voyager restaurant toward the control tower. And even more were on their way.

And to what did Mojave owe this ostentatious display of wealth by the 1 percenters? They had come to the sun-splashed spaceport last Oct. 4 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Ansari X Prize. A decade earlier, Burt Rutan and his Paul Allen-funded team had won $10 million for sending the first privately-built manned vehicle into space twice within a two-week period.

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Ansari X Prize 10th Anniversary Webcast


The Ansari X Prize 10th anniversary webcast from Saturday featuring Burt Rutan, Anousheh Ansari, Chuck Beames, Brian Binnie, Mike Melvill, Richard Branson and Peter Diamandis.

Space Travel Alliance to Offer Variety of Services


space_travel_allianceKIRUNA, Sweden (STA PR) — Space Travel Alliance (STA) is a new Swedish venture aiming to make the dream of space discovery a reality to mankind with the vision to become the premier European space travel company. Operating from Spaceport Sweden, STA will offer commercial suborbital spaceflights for tourism, research, development and education, astronaut training and space adventures.

“We are at the dawn of a new space era and with Space Travel Alliance we seek to leverage Sweden’s rich space heritage and launch not only spaceships but also new careers and contribute to regional development”, says Karin Nilsdotter, CEO of Space Travel Alliance.

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Video: Anousheh Ansari Talks About Space Exploration


Space tourist Anousheh Ansari speaks during the recent TEDxMidTownNY event.

Ansari, Garver to Appear at SFF TEDx Event in New York Next Week


Anousheh Ansari


The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) will sponsor the first TEDxMidTownNY event to discuss the continued importance of exploration with X-Prize Cofounder Anousheh Ansari and Deputy Administrator of NASA Lori Garver. TEDxMidTownNY is a local, independently organized event to be held on September 14th, 2010 at 7 PM at the Explorers Club in New York, NY.

A diverse group of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, investors, teachers, and students will share their perspective and leave the event inspired to improve the collective future of humanity through space exploration. Tickets are available now through the Explorers’ Club website.

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Video: Anousheh Ansari Talks Space Tourism


Millionaut Anousheh Ansari talks about space tourism.

“Space Tourists” Film Maker Describes Project


Popuar Mechanics has an interesting interview with Christian Frei, the director of the Space Tourists documentary who was honored at the Sundance Film Festival last week.

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“Space Tourists” Documentary Premieres at Sundance


Space Tourists — Film Review
The Hollywood Reporter

Even us Baby Boomers who got advanced math shoved down our throats in the wake of Yuri Gagarin’s trek aboard Sputnik, and couldn’t care less about outer space, will be entertained by this spry, melancholy glimpse into the last half-century’s race to space. “Space Tourists’ ” informative and engaging trajectory should land it on cable somewhere: History and Discovery come to mind as orbit platforms….

With its nicely languid story loopings, including a team of scrap metal scavengers who retrieve the re-entry detritus for its precious titanium, “Space Tourists” is a multi-dimensional glimpse into dreams and obsessions. Filmmaker Frei smartly interweaves the pride that many felt because of the space program’s accomplishments while visualizing its down-to-earth, economic failings.

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Space Tourists Documentary to Screen at Sundance


Space Tourists is one of 12 documentaries that will screen at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows millionaut Anousheh Ansari on her journey to the International Space Station. The film was directed by Christian Frei, who was nominated for an Oscar for his documentary War Photographer.

Documentary Looks at Ansari’s Space Tourism Flight


Filmmaking, Sumo and Space Tourism Take Flight at IDFA

Swiss director Christian Frei also had huge bureaucratic hurdles to deal with for his look at the rising number of space tourists who pay millions for the chance to reach orbit via the Russian space agency. Frei takes his camera to remote Kazakhstan where the Soviet Union built its “Star City,” a secretive but once proud town that was the center of the USSR’s thriving space program where the first satellite, Sputnik, launched the space race back in the ‘50s.

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Anousheh Ansari Wins NCWIT Award


Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari


The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) today announced the winner of its first annual NCWIT Symons Innovator Award, Anousheh Ansari.

Ms. Ansari is Chair, CEO and Co-founder of Prodea Systems, a company addressing the challenges of complex digital home and small-business environments. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Ms. Ansari served as Co-founder, Chair, and CEO of Telecom Technologies, Inc., which in 2001 successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in a deal worth approximately $750M.

Ms. Ansari also is the first woman private explorer in space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. The Ansari family provided title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a $10 million award to inspire the first non-governmental manned spacecraft, driving the commercialization of the space industry.

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Judge Allows Enomoto to Proceed With Lawsuit Against Space Adventures


A federal judge has ruled that would-be Japanese millionaut Daisuke Enomoto can continue with a lawsuit against Space Adventures to recover $21 million he paid for an orbital flight he never went on. The Associated Press reports:

Space Adventures says Enomoto was medically disqualified in 2006 because of kidney stones. Enomoto says the kidney stones were a pretext to boot him off the mission because he refused demands from the company for more money.

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Millionaut Ansari Proud of Her Roots


Anousheh Ansari: proud of being an Iranian Muslim
Tehran Times

Q: Mrs. Ansari! Two years passed since you made that historic travel to the spatial station as the first female space explorer; but on that specific time the mainstream media focused on you, not only for being a female voyager, but also for being an Iranian Muslim. What’s your conception of being a Muslim born in Iran? Are you restraining to announce or approve it publicly?

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Did Money Talk in Getting Enomoto Booted Off, Ansari Put on ISS Space Tourism Flight?


Would-Be Space Tourist Sues for Refund
Associated Press

“A federal judge heard arguments Friday in [Daisuke] Enomoto’s lawsuit against Virginia-based Space Adventures, a firm that made its name brokering deals with the Russian space agency to put half a dozen “space tourists” in orbit for fees of $20 million or more….

“Space Adventures wants the lawsuit thrown out, saying that Enomoto was disqualified because of a chronic kidney-stone condition. They say his money is nonrefundable. Enomoto claims the kidney stones were an excuse and that he was not allowed to launch in part because he refused Space Adventures’ demands for more money….He was replaced by Anousheh Ansari, who became the world’s first female space tourist (pictured at right).

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Anousheh Ansari Inspires Students in Abu Dhabi


Space Traveler, entrepreneur visits ADWC

An immigrant to the U.S. from Iran, Anousheh Ansari is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Prodea Systems, an IT company. Her previous technology company, founded with her husband, was sold in 2001 for over $700m. Besides her IT and business achievements, Ms. Ansari is only the fourth private space traveler ever.

ADWC students responded with enthusiasm to their guest. ‘I am amazed at what she has been able to do,’ said one student. ‘I feel inspired when I hear her story.’ Dr. Bradley Cook, Director of ADWC of HCT, stated, ‘It is an honor for our campus to host a woman of such accomplishment. Our students, hearing her story, have seen how limitations can be overcome with determination and family support.’