ISTA, Skolkovo Foundation to Establish Suborbital Business Incubator

SKOLKOVO PR — The Skolkovo Foundation and the International Space Transport Association will jointly develop the first international knowledge center for commercial suborbital spaceflight.

The Center is to be part of Moscow’s Science & Technology Park and will host three business units: (Eco) Tech, Mini Satellites & Telecommunications and Suborbital Space Flights. The Skolkovo Foundation, with President Dmitry Medvedev as Head of the Board of Trustees, offers a wide range of financial support possibilities for international businesses to flourish. Its set up follows a phased implementation process and will be developed in close cooperation with the International Space Transport Association.

ISTA, Allianz Global Assistance Team to Offer Space Tourism Insurance

ALLIANZ PR — Allianz Global Assistance will accompany future space travelers before, during and after their space flight with bespoke space travel insurance

Allianz Global Assistance, world leader in travel insurance and assistance solutions, and the International Space Transport Association (ISTA) have signed a unique partnership agreement in anticipation of the inevitable growth in space tourism and commercial space flight. The two partners are committed to accompanying travelers before, during and after their space flight to ensure that their unique galactic experience, as well as the experience of their families back on earth, will be as safe, serene and comfortable as possible.


Rocketplane’s Chuck Lauer Resurfaces in European Commercial Suborbital Project

While I’ve been out here at Space Access ’11, I was curious about the whereabouts of Chuck Lauer, late of the dearly departed Rocketplane Global and a fixture at these annual gatherings. This morning I found out: he’s 9 time zones away in Holland, announcing another suborbital spaceflight venture. The vehicle looks and sounds a lot like Rocketplane’s project and will fly from a new Dutch spaceport.

I’ve combined two press releases from the International Space Transportation Association describing SpaceLinq and plans for EU Spaceport Lelystad.