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Environmental Tectonics' NASTAR Center Sends Ninety-Six Space Cruise Participants To Space

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by Staff Writers
Southampton PA (SPX) Apr 02, 2008
Environmental Tectonics has announced that its NASTAR Center will provide a 2-day space training experience in Philadelphia for 96 participants attending Space Cruise Week in April 2009. The Space Cruise, set to sail in April of 2009 aboard the luxury yacht Sea Dream, will include several space-themed festivities during its journey including the boarding of several famous astronauts to act as guests and educators during the voyage.

The Space Cruise will be provided by XtraOrdinary Adventures.

One of the main events is training in ETC's National AeroSpace Training and Research (NASTAR) Center. Participants will each receive a 2-day space program entitled the Complete Sub-Orbital Space Training Experience. The Complete Sub-Orbital Space Training Experience is part of NASTAR Center's newly released Air and Space Adventure Programs which allow guests to participate in authentic training and experience air combat and space flights.

Mitchell J Schultz, Director of XtraOrdinary Adventures, announced, "Ninety-six possible participants from around the globe are expected to register for a Space Cruise, and all ninety-six will get an authentic space training experience at the NASTAR Center. This will enable cruise week attendees to get a real taste of the flavors of spaceflight."

The participants will receive a 2-day Complete Sub-Orbital Space Training Program which is based on the flight profile of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo; a thrilling spaceflight experience that produces actual G force exposure experienced during launch, weightlessness, and the reentry portions of flight. Each 2-day space training program includes space training courses, four space flights, and an awards ceremony. Each space trainee will receive their own flightsuit, coursebook, certificate, souvenir DVD and get to 'earn their wings' upon completion of their space flights.

Brienna Henwood, Business Development Manager at NASTAR Center, stated "The 2-day space training program is truly unique in that it's the most comprehensive space experience available. It is the closest thing possible to an actual sub-orbital space flight, and we are pleased to be able to provide this great experience to the public."

During space cruise week, participants will meet others of similar interests from around the world while cruising on the luxury yacht Sea Dream with several famous astronauts. The astronauts will select at random up to six passengers for a future sub-orbital spaceflight.

Additional festivities include a zero-G flight take off and landing from the Kennedy Space Center shuttle runway, a tour of the Center and a closing ceremony with many noted space enthusiasts.

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