ZeroG Aerospace Launches Affordable Space Tourism for the Masses
ZeroG Aerospace today announced the first-ever chance for consumers to participate in space exploration through the company's new website at www.zerog-space.com. With the inaugural launch set for March 27, 2006 in the new Southwest Regional Spaceport near White Sands, New Mexico, the countdown has begun to fill this unprecedented payload, called ZGS-1.
Starting at $49, anyone can enter the space frontier by sending a small item into orbit. Items suggested include business cards, small boxes filled with keepsakes, or even ashes.
"Up until now, space has been reserved for NASA, other international powers, and the very, very wealthy," said Eric Gorrell, CEO of ZeroG Aerospace. "Today, space tourism is taking flight with ZeroG and there is finally a way for anyone to reach the stars aboard our ZGS-1 payload."
Following each trip, items are returned with detailed flight information and an official ZeroG Certified Space Seal to authenticate their space travel. In addition, people who send items into space will become a part of history as names are entered in the International Space Registry.
ZGS-1 will blast into space at 4,000 MPH on a high performance sub-orbital rocket developed by UP Aerospace, Inc. Measuring 20 feet tall and 10 inches in diameter and weighing 775 pounds, the rocket will reach space in under 2 minutes. "We're thrilled to partner with ZeroG on our maiden voyage," said Eric Knight, UP Aerospace CEO. "This is the first of many planned future flights together."
The Space Tourism industry took off in 2004, when the first private citizen made history by paying $20 million for a trip to space. That same year saw the flight of the CSXT Space Shot, Burt Rutan's flight of SpaceShipOne and Sir Richard Branson's purchase of 5 SpaceShipTwo's from Scaled Composites, Inc. for more than $100 million.
While Branson plans to put people in space within 5 years and is already accepting $200,000 per person deposits, the opportunity to participate in space travel is very real today through ZeroG -- for less than $50.
ZeroG offers a number of holiday space promotions on its website, including special jewelry to 'ring' in the New Year like never before. "It's the perfect way to tell a loved one they're out of this world," adds Gorrell. ZeroG is also selling travel packages to witness the first launch at the New Mexico regional spaceport.
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