Space Adventures Client Richard Garriott To Conduct Physics Experiment In Space
Educational programming sponsored by global delivery provider DHL
SEPTEMBER 12, 2008
Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space experiences company, announced today that Richard Garriott will conduct a physics experiment while aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of an educational initiative sponsored by DHL. The necessary equipment will be transported in a DHL “Pack Set”, which has been tested and approved for use in outer space.
The experiment has been designed as an educational contest taking place at the DHL Innovation Center in Bonn, Germany. While onboard the space station, Mr. Garriott will conduct the experiment and capture the results on video and in photographs. The footage and images will then be used on the website of the DHL InnovationCenter to detail the activity. The students, whose test results are most consistent with the actual outcome of the experiment, will receive awards.
The experiment involves two vehicles of different mass, racing on a fixed loop-the-loop track. The vehicles will be propelled with equal force and students will be asked to predict what happens—will the vehicles complete the course at the same time, or will one be faster than the other?
“I am very excited to participate in DHL’s educational programming. It’s vital for our future that kids today are interested in and thrilled about lessons from the laws of physics,” said Richard Garriott, famed game developer and son of former NASA astronaut Owen Garriott. “Let the race begin!”
“Of course we’re delighted that Richard Garriott has chosen to integrate this DHL initiative into the October mission,” said Dr. Andrej Busch, Member of the Divisional Board DHL Parcel Germany. “Education has always been a key to innovation at DHL and I think being part of this space initiative represents our ‘look to the future’ quite well.”
DHL is the global market leader of the international express and logistics industry, specializing in providing innovative and customized solutions from a single source. DHL offers expertise in parcel, express, air and ocean freight, overland transport, contract logistic solutions as well as international mail services, combined with worldwide coverage and an in-depth understanding of local markets. DHL’s international network links more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. Some 300,000 employees are dedicated to providing fast and reliable services that exceed customers’ expectations.
DHL is a Deutsche Post World Net brand. The group generated revenues of more than 63 billion Euros in 2007.
About Richard Garriott:
Richard Garriott is best known as a key figure in the computer gaming field. He was one of the earliest and most successful game developers. Mr. Garriott developed the Ultima series, which remains the longest running computer game franchise and with his brother Robert he founded Origin Systems, one of the most respected PC game developers and publishers. Richard also created Ultima Online, which ushered in the new massively multi-player online (MMO) genre, the fastest growing segment in computer gaming today. More recently, he co-founded the North American arm of NCsoft (PlayNC.com), the world’s largest online game developer and publisher. In November 2007, his latest game, Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa, was launched in North America and in the European Union.
About Space Adventures:
Space Adventures is the company that organized the flights for the world’s first private space explorers: Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari and Charles Simonyi. Headquartered in Vienna, Va. with an office in Moscow, it offers a variety of programs such as 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/Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev. For more information, please visit spaceadventures.com.
About European Space Service:
The contract between DHL and Space Adventures was initiated and coordinated by European Space Service, a company that organizes marketing, merchandising and tourism for the private space exploration in Europe.