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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-15-2005 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to their website, they are planning a rollout of their vehicle in March at the Hayden Planetarium (Rose Center for Earth and Space) in March...

Company Unveils New Interactive Website; First Flight Scheduled for 2006

AERA Corporation announced today that in the rapidly emerging commercial space travel industry, it will be the first provider to launch passengers into space. Based on 30 years of proven technology, the Company has completed the design of the safest space flight system ever created and is now working on details and logistics for its first flight scheduled for 2006.

"Passengers can expect the ultimate luxury space travel adventure with a full service package that begins with astronaut training and culminates with a sub-orbital journey," said the founder, Bill M. Sprague, chairman and chief executive officer of AERA. "We employed 30 years of proven technology and improved upon it with modern capabilities to develop Altairis, our first generation spacecraft. AERA's commitment to the space travel experience is surpassed only by its commitment to safety."

AERA is also introducing its new interactive website, located at http://www.aeraspace.com. Visitors can access information including a company overview, management profiles, frequently asked questions, as well as join the mailing list. In addition, there are dedicated areas for media and investors to download press kits, images and other valuable information.

"AERA is leading the luxury space travel industry," said Lewis Reynolds, president and chief operating officer of AERA Corporation. "We have a highly capable management team with experience in vital areas from launching individuals into space to strategically managing and positioning multi-billion dollar companies. With the completed design of our Altairis spacecraft, institutional capital and the first flight scheduled for 2006, we are not only positioned to become the first space travel provider, but are two years ahead of the competition."

ABOUT AERA CORPORATION

AERA Corporation is leading the luxury space travel industry with the completed design of the safest space flight system ever created. Altairis, the company's first generation spacecraft, features a superior design based on 30 years of proven technology and was expertly engineered by a staff highly experienced in the development of rockets and spacecraft. Altairis is vertically launched, lands horizontally and can comfortably send seven passengers to space. The first flight is scheduled for 2006. For further information about AERA, visit http://www.aeraspace.com.

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DavidH
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posted 02-15-2005 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Um... wow! So, where's the spacecraft coming from? Why haven't we heard anything about it? Where are the launch facilities coming from? Most importantly, where's the money coming from?

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posted 02-16-2005 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Money from the investors they urge to apply on their home pages :-)

The craft is a vertically launched 7 seater with horizontal landing per their web site.

And that's about as much info that they give :-(

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posted 02-16-2005 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What launches vertically, can carry seven passengers and has a 30 year history background ?

Could it be Kliper ?

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posted 02-16-2005 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Klipper being ready to be sold commercially by 2006 seems unlikely, to put it mildly.

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posted 02-17-2005 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yesterday , Kliper (apart from shuttle and SS1) was only vehicle I could think of as being even near to being able launch 7 passengers .

Good for a laugh anyway :-)

However, after some searching here we go - complete with some images :-


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spaceuk
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posted 02-17-2005 06:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Note the Bob Truax connection with Sprague.

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posted 02-17-2005 06:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This link has the meat of the possible detail were looking for :-))

Phill
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DavidH
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posted 02-17-2005 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent detective work, Phill.

Indeed, it's since come to light that AERA is the renamed American Astronautics.
http://www.xprizenews.org/index.php?p=773

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AERA Corporation Announces Ticket Sales and Target Window for First Commercial Launch

Following on the successful release of the animated presentation of the Altairis Rocket and historic agreements with the United States Air Force, Florida Space Authority and Cape Canaveral, AERA Corp today announces a target date has been chosen for the first flight of a civilian crew into space and that it has begun ticket sales for future flights.

Altairis will lift off from Cape Canaveral beginning in December 2006. Tickets go on sale this morning and are available at www.AeraSpaceTours.com.

"With our design completed and our agreements in place to use Cape Canaveral for launch, flight logistics and landing, we are now ready to begin ticket sales," said Bill Sprague, Founder, President and Chief Scientist behind the Altairis Rocket.

Altairis is designed to comfortably launch six passenger astronauts and one mission commander into space and bring them safely back to earth.

The tickets for the first commercially available flights cost $250,000 and can be acquired by going to the AeraSpaceTours.com website and applying via the web. Those who apply will receive a call from a personal service representative to continue the process of garnering a seat on the first flight.

"There are certain minimum physical requirements and we have to be sure that the people who have signed up meet the criteria to be an Altairis passenger astronaut," said Sprague.

All seats on flights in 2007 may also be reserved by visiting the website and placing a deposit of 25 percent of the purchase price with the company. It is expected that there will be an additional 30 launches in 2007.

"We believe that the flights subsequent to 2007 and beyond will be less expensive than the first flights," said Sprague. "We are looking forward to our first launch in 2006 and beginning a new era of space travel."

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posted 05-12-2005 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidH   Click Here to Email DavidH     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So is it just me, or will anyone else take this a bit more seriously when there's an actual, you know, spacecraft?

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