Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
           30 November, 2020


    
Category:  Press » Society

 

Space Adventures' Orbital Client, Charles Simonyi, Successfully Launches

Popularity:
         Views: 1319
2007-04-08 06:48:47     
Space Adventures, Ltd.

Space Adventures, Ltd., the world's leading space experiences company, announced today that their orbital client, Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., and his crew successfully launched aboard a Soyuz TMA spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan bound for the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Simonyi joins the Expedition 15 crew which includes Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov for his 13-day mission.

"I consider my mission to be a small part of an important trend to make space accessible to more people. I hope to share my mission with many others through my Web site, http://www.charlesinspace.com, which I will continue to update during my time on the ISS," said software pioneer and aviator, Dr. Simonyi. "I feel very lucky to be the world's fifth civilian space traveler and I am very thankful to Space Adventures for providing me with this opportunity."

Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures, the company which organized the spaceflights for the world's first and only private space explorers, said, "Through his efforts of creating perhaps the most widely used software business applications ever, Microsoft Word and Excel, Charles has changed the scope of productivity around the world. As he launches today, on his own personal space adventure, he will advance the space tourism industry toward its destiny with the same inevitability that he helped move computers from a room in a government lab to desks in millions of offices and homes around the world."

In preparation for his spaceflight with Space Adventures, Dr. Simonyi completed a cosmonaut training program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center located in Star City, Russia. During his 10-day stay aboard the ISS, Dr. Simonyi will assist several international space agencies by conducting experiments, communicate with hundreds of high school students via HAM radio signal in cooperation with Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS) and celebrate Cosmonautics Day by presenting a gourmet meal to the space station crew.

While on the ISS, Dr. Simonyi will continue to share his experiences on a daily basis through his Web site, http://www.charlesinspace.com. The site's new "Live Mission Coverage" section will feature live video from NASA TV, as well as Dr. Simonyi's personal video and audio recordings direct from space. Dr. Simonyi will also continue to blog while in orbit and answer questions posed by visitors to his site. Additionally, on the site's special "Kids' Space" section, children of all ages will be able to listen in on his Amateur Radio contacts with schools across the United States.

Dr. Simonyi's mission to the ISS is the latest destination in a life defined by exploration and discovery. Born in Budapest, Charles Simonyi earned his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University. From 1972 to 1980, Dr. Simonyi worked at Xerox Corporation's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He left PARC to join Microsoft Corporation, where Dr. Simonyi held the titles of Director of Application Development, Chief Architect and Distinguished Engineer.

In August of 2002, Dr. Simonyi left Microsoft and founded Intentional Software Corporation, a software engineering company focused on improving the way organizations write software. He then founded the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences in 2003 to support arts organizations, science programs and educational institutions. Dr. Simonyi is a trained pilot in multi-engine aircraft with current licenses in jets and helicopters and more than 2,000 hours of flying time.

Space Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private explorers to space, is headquartered in Vienna, Va. with offices in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Moscow and Tokyo. It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the moon, Zero-Gravity flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts. The company's advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Tom Jones, Byron Lichtenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev. For more information, please visit http://www.spaceadventures.com.

Specialized in: Orbital Client - Charles Simonyi - Successfully Launches
URL: http://www.spaceadventures.com
Print press release      Bookmark this page
Related Press releases 
CitySocialising Launch European City Breaks (Popularity: ): London, United Kingdom (21 December, 2012) – CitySocialising, a website that enables people to make friends online and meet new people in their city, announce the launch of their European city breaks - offering members the chance to travel more and meet new people.After receiving requests from members to start hosting socials abroad, CitySocialising are now hosting a weekend series of trips, travelling to a different European city every 2-3 ...
CitySocialising Launch 'Discover London' Campaign (Popularity: ): London, United Kingdom (10th July, 2012) – CitySocialising, a website that allows people to make friends online and meet new people in their city, have launched their Discover London campaign to bring visitors and local Londoners together this summer.The Discover series will bring visitors and local Londoners together to explore the social scene across North, West and South London, away from the expected mayhem of central and East London, and ...
2012 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia March 23 - April 21 (Popularity: ): PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 29, 2012 -- What's noisy, delicious, dramatic, playful, inspiring, thought provoking, and pink and white all over? It's Philadelphia's own Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrating its fifteenth year this spring, from March 23 to April 21. The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia presents events for all ages, many of them free, throughout the region — from Center City to the Main Line, King of Prussia to Fairmount ...
Marvell Co-Founder Weili Dai Named 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year by Major US-China Technology Association (Popularity: ): Marvell (Nasdaq: MRVL), a worldwide leader in integrated silicon solutions, today announced that its co-founder, Weili Dai, has been named the 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Hua Yuan Science and Technology Association (HYSTA), a prominent industry organization aimed at fostering closer U.S. - China business relationships. Ms. Dai was selected as HYSTA's Entrepreneur of the Year based on her success in building and growing Marvell into a leading ...
Children's Health Fund Responds to Public Health Crisis in Lower Plaquemines Parish With Launch of Crisis Response Unit to Serve Children and Families Impacted by the BP Oil Spill (Popularity: ): The following is being issued by the Children's Health Fund:WHO:CHF President & co-Founder Irwin Redlener, M.D., will be joined by Jane Pauley, CHF Board Member and Chair of CHF's Advisory Council, representatives from Tulane University and the Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E Centers Foundation, Inc. and local residents for the commemorative launch of the new crisis response unit. WHAT:New Crisis Response Unit will bring badly needed medical, mental, and public health services ...

Press release home snapshot 


Related Business 
Launches and Orbital Operations (Popularity: ): Calendar of upcoming orbital activity including launches, decays and events in space. Soon after events occur, they are transferred to the Zarya Diaries that can be found by following the link in the right hand menu.
European Space Agency (ESA) (Popularity: ): News page with frequently updated info on launches, spacecraft in orbit and other space related events.
Arc Machines, Inc. (Popularity: ): Manufactures orbital welding heads, for fusion welding or welding with filler wire and microprocessor-controlled inverter-type power supplies for orbital TIG welding and for controlling all orbital welds heads.
The Circle Group (Popularity: ): Branding, logos, corporate launches, client pitch preparation, and web site development. Based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Online client list.
European Space Agency (ESA) (Popularity: ): Resource for European launchers, space science, telecommunications, Earth observation and manned spaceflight. Updated info on launches, spacecraft in orbit and events.
Heavens Above (Popularity: ): Real-time satellite, ISS, and Space Shuttle orbital pass information, maps, and star charts.
Heavens Above (Popularity: ): Real-time satellite, ISS, and Space Shuttle orbital pass information, maps, star and charts.
Charles Lucas & Marshall (Popularity: ): Charles Lucas & Marshall solicitors offer a wide range of specialist legal services designed to meet the varying needs of our clients. They act for many families as well as businesses of all sizes. Charles Lucas & Marshall put client care first and are committed to delivering an excellent service - providing timely, informed and effective advice which always has their clients' best interests at heart.
Orbital Development (Popularity: ): Greg Nemitz's space development company.
Ellipso Inc. (Popularity: ): Operate a global mobile personal communications by satellite (GMPCS) system. Features information on space and earth segments, orbital architecture, and user terminals.