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Interorbital Systems Taps Destiny Space To Book Space Tourism And Satellite Launches

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by Staff Writers
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 26, 2008
DestinySpace Enterprises (DSE) has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Mojave-based rocket manufacturer and launch provider Interorbital Systems (IOS) to market IOS' low-cost commercial orbital space tourism and satellite launch services.

DSE's subsidiary Orbital Expeditions (Orbex) will act as an official booking agent for IOS' orbital payload launch services and week-long orbital spaceflight expeditions. Augmenting the sales force of Astro Expeditions, IOS' in-house marketing arm, DSE will provide a 'reservations portal' for orbital crew and cargo spaceflight services to a wider customer base. Clients will include government, academia, commercial firms and space tourists.

Randa Milliron, CEO and Co-Founder of Interorbital Systems, stated, "Interorbital is extremely pleased to partner with DestinySpace. They will enhance our marketing program by presenting IOS' orbital services to a more diverse audience. We envision Interorbital's involvement with DSE as growing to include a multitude of space-based enterprises, among them the creation of space fashions, the promotion of orbital tourism and low-cost satellite launch services, and the marketing of IOS' lunar transport opportunities."

In addition to ticket sales, DSE/Orbex will also offer customers advertising opportunities on the Sea Star and Neptune launch vehicles for one-of-a-kind marketing promotions. Participating company logos and products will enjoy prominent placement on IOS rockets, launch hardware, crew jumpsuits, and at least six affiliate websites before, during, and after satellite launch and space tourist flight operations -- all for a fraction of the cost of other space launch options.

When Russia stops taking tourists into space in 2009, IOS will be the only multi-day orbital experience provider in the world. "At the unique price of $2.5 million per seat we are expecting the overflow from Russia to generate a lot of interest in our services," says David M. Jankowski, President of DSE affiliate Orbital Expeditions.

"In addition, with the launch of this new business venture, we will be offering promotional pricing to the first 10 customers of $250,000 per seat. These will be offered on a first come, first served basis and we expect to sell out quickly."

At present, one is sold and one is reserved -- leaving only eight "Free Tickets to Space" available. The price returns to $2.5 million after the remaining eight tickets are sold.

DSE subsidiary Orbital Expeditions has launched its new website to support the new DSE/IOS alliance and to act as a marketing nexus and reservations center for IOS' orbital flight operations. The site includes an FAQ section for information about booking passage as a space tourist or lofting a satellite via IOS' innovative, ultra-affordable orbital cargo and crew space launch services.

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Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries expects to win its first orders for commercial satellite launches with its H-2A rocket from foreign companies, its president said in an interview published Monday.

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