- Press Release
- Jan 28, 2023
NASTAR Center Officially Opens on 50th Anniversary of Sputnik Launch
Environmental Tectonics Corporation (Amex: ETC) (“ETC” or the “Company”) today announced the grand opening of the National Aerospace Training and Research Center (NASTAR(SM) Center).
The NASTAR Center officially opened for business October 4th, on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, which initiated the space age. The NASTAR Center is prepared to become a significant contributor to the next fifty years of the space age, during which private space travel is projected to grow substantially
The NASTAR Center is already the leader in space traveler training, having been named the official space training provider for Virgin Galactic. Virgin Galactic’s Founders, or first 100 paid private space travelers, are currently training for their suborbital space flights at the NASTAR Center.
As part of the Grand opening activities, NASTAR Center demonstrated its space launch training capabilities providing their training to their inaugural class attended by Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and private space travelers to the International Space Station, Greg Olsen and Anousheh Ansari. At the completion of their training, which included rides in the NASTAR Center’s high performance human centrifuge, the Space training System 400 (STS-400) the class members were recognized as honorary NASTAR Center instructors.
Buzz Aldrin said that he could not have been more thrilled with the training, and that it reminded him somewhat of his launch into space aboard the Saturn V rocket. After his space launch experience, Greg Olsen commented, “Going through this space launch experience has whetted my appetite to try the real thing again sometime.” After smiling through her entire ride, Anousheh Ansari said, “For a moment, I felt like I was launching to space again.”
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday evening, William F. Mitchell, CEO of ETC said, “NASTAR Center is a National Asset that will impact; Science, Understanding of the Human Body, Space Exploration, Our Carbon Usage, Safety of Commercial and Military Pilot, Our Defense Budget. Aeronautical research generated at NASTAR Center would allow the US to regain its place as the technological leader in the world.”
The NASTAR(SM) Center, co-located with ETC’s corporate headquarters in Southampton, PA, houses state-of-the-art equipment and professional staff to support the training and research needs of the aerospace community, including military aviation (fixed and rotary wing), civil aviation (fixed and rotary wing), space travel (government and private) and research support and data collection. NASTAR(SM) Center’s equipment and programs are highly modular and flexible and can accommodate a wide range of aerospace training and research requirements.
ETC designs, develops, installs, maintains and provides aircrew training systems and integrated pilot training, public entertainment systems, process simulation systems (sterilization and environmental), clinical hyperbaric systems, environmental testing and simulation systems, and related products for domestic and international customers.
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