Takin' Care of Business, Space-Style

Apr 06, 2000, 01:00 ET from Space Frontier Foundation

    LOS ANGELES, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- At 1:30 a.m. eastern time today,
 history was made high over our heads.  The first two people ever to fly in
 space without taxpayer funding opened the hatch on the world's first
 commercial space station today.  Their 45-day mission will be not as NASA
 astronauts, or Russian cosmonauts; they'll be doing business in space as
 purebred capitalists.
     The crew, Commander Sergei Zaletin and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri,
 will repair a pressure leak, re-supply the station, conduct scientific
 experiments and prepare the facility for its new life as a private lab and
 part-time hotel.
     Rick Tumlinson, President of Los Angeles-based Space Frontier Foundation,
 led the effort resulting in MirCorp's creation, and congratulated the MirCorp
 team for opening the world's first commercial space station.  "A lot of people
 have been working toward this goal for the past decade," he stated.  "These
 folks, from the investors who laid out their own hard earned cash, to those
 who now have to make this a profitable business are blazing new territory for
 all of us.  It's a victory for private citizens everywhere."
     Mir's interior size is larger than the combined space of ten NASA
 shuttles.  It was built to be expandable, and MirCorp's plans include major
 growth out from the core station.  MirCorp plans to sell shares to the public
 next year, to raise funds needed for future space missions, for renovation,
 and to occupy and maintain the station.  The company is also actively seeking
 cash from corporate sponsors.
     The foundation, declaring success in its "Keep Mir Alive" campaign, is now
 turning its attention back to NASA's International Space Station.  "We have
 privatized the former Soviet Space Station," Tumlinson remarked.  "Now it's
 time to privatize our own."
     The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to
 opening the space frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.
     For more information on the foundation, call 800-78-SPACE.  Visit our
 website, www.space-frontier.org.  Our e-mail address is:
 info@space-frontier.org.
 
 

SOURCE Space Frontier Foundation
    LOS ANGELES, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- At 1:30 a.m. eastern time today,
 history was made high over our heads.  The first two people ever to fly in
 space without taxpayer funding opened the hatch on the world's first
 commercial space station today.  Their 45-day mission will be not as NASA
 astronauts, or Russian cosmonauts; they'll be doing business in space as
 purebred capitalists.
     The crew, Commander Sergei Zaletin and Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri,
 will repair a pressure leak, re-supply the station, conduct scientific
 experiments and prepare the facility for its new life as a private lab and
 part-time hotel.
     Rick Tumlinson, President of Los Angeles-based Space Frontier Foundation,
 led the effort resulting in MirCorp's creation, and congratulated the MirCorp
 team for opening the world's first commercial space station.  "A lot of people
 have been working toward this goal for the past decade," he stated.  "These
 folks, from the investors who laid out their own hard earned cash, to those
 who now have to make this a profitable business are blazing new territory for
 all of us.  It's a victory for private citizens everywhere."
     Mir's interior size is larger than the combined space of ten NASA
 shuttles.  It was built to be expandable, and MirCorp's plans include major
 growth out from the core station.  MirCorp plans to sell shares to the public
 next year, to raise funds needed for future space missions, for renovation,
 and to occupy and maintain the station.  The company is also actively seeking
 cash from corporate sponsors.
     The foundation, declaring success in its "Keep Mir Alive" campaign, is now
 turning its attention back to NASA's International Space Station.  "We have
 privatized the former Soviet Space Station," Tumlinson remarked.  "Now it's
 time to privatize our own."
     The Space Frontier Foundation is an organization of people dedicated to
 opening the space frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.
     For more information on the foundation, call 800-78-SPACE.  Visit our
 website, www.space-frontier.org.  Our e-mail address is:
 info@space-frontier.org.
 
 SOURCE  Space Frontier Foundation