(Key Largo, FL-December 18, 2007) SPACE ACCESS, a Miami-based company, will revolutionize the tourism industry by introducing affordable space travel made possible through its advanced enabling technologies.
Beginning Thursday, December 20, guests can sign up on the company’s website, www.spaceaccess.com, on a first-come, first-serve basis for a limited number of “SpaceGateWay™ Experiences” that will take place Jan 6-11, 2008 at Florida’s most exclusive private resort community in Key Largo, FL.
Through the SpaceGateWay™ Experience, SPACE ACCESS® plans to offer hundreds of thousands of people the chance of a lifetime – to take part in the development of the world’s first commercial hypersonic1 vehicles. During the development phase beginning on January 6, guests will interact directly with SPACE ACCESS® personnel, learn about the enabling technologies, and see how SPACE ACCESS® will change their view of the world.
In 2011, suborbital flights are planned to take customers to the edge of space and SPACE ACCESS® will begin development of an even more capable vehicle designed to carry passengers all the way to orbit. By 2014, planned orbital flights will carry passengers to low earth orbit (LEO), allowing them to circle the earth once every 90 minutes.
“Space tourism is currently available to only a few ultra-high net worth individuals,” said SPACE ACCESS® president, Stephen G Wurst. “Competitors are advertising suborbital flights for around $200,000 beginning in 2009 and orbital flights are available on a limited basis for about $25 million. SPACE ACCESS®, however, will provide suborbital flights to space for about the cost of an ocean cruise,” he added. Orbital flights should be available for roughly the price of chartering a small business jet. Such affordable pricing will completely change the dynamics of space tourism.
Over the past 13 years, SPACE ACCESS® has developed the use of hydrogen-fueled ramjet propulsion system, structural and thermal protection materials, and innovative aerodynamic design that allow a completely different approach to space travel. These technologies have resulted in the award of 26 patents, with 9 additional patents pending. Further emphasizing safety, SPACE ACCESS® is developing its space flight hardware to meet stringent Aerospace Worthiness Standards generated in collaboration with the FAA and NASA.
Competing large, rocket-powered, vertically-launched, expendable space vehicles will essentially become obsolete, as they can consume as much as 600,000 pounds of fuel per paying customer launched into orbit, the total “cost” being equivalent to “throwing away” a fully loaded and fully fueled Jumbo-Jet for each customer.
By contrast, the SPACE ACCESS® reusable launch system will take off and land horizontally using a conventional runway, consuming just 35,000 pounds of fuel per customer launched into orbit, equivalent to that of a business jet. The difference in operating cost, system reliability and vehicle performance is revolutionary.
ABOUT THE RESORT
To ensure that each of their guests has the experience of a lifetime, SPACE ACCESS® has arranged to entertain its guests at Florida’s most exclusive private club, nestled in the northernmost tip of Key Largo, FL. The club offers premier accommodations and some of the world’s finest amenities including two Chip Powell-designed golf courses, HAR-TRU clay tennis courts, and snorkeling and scuba access to the only living coral reef in the continental United States.
ABOUT STEPHEN G. WURST
As founder and President, Stephen G. Wurst is leading SPACE ACCESS® to change the world by making space travel safe, environmentally friendly and affordable. Wurst gained experience in hypersonic aerospace vehicle design while serving in management positions at Rockwell International Corporation and ITT Space Systems Division. He has been awarded multiple patents for both aerospace systems and components. After graduating from the US Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering, he attended the California Institute of Technology on a Hertz Foundation Fellowship and earned a Masters degree in Aeronautics. He has also served as an Officer in the US Air Force and California Air National Guard, amassing thousands of hours as an instructor and pilot of F-4 fighters, gliders, as well as tanker aircraft for over 20 years.
1 At least five times faster than the speed of sound
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SPACE ACCESS® OFFERS MAJOR EXPANSION OF SPACE TOURISM
BEGINNING JANUARY 2008
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