Press Release

Space Adventures’ Client, Greg Olsen, Arrives at the International Space Station will Participate in NASA Press Conference

By SpaceRef Editor
October 3, 2005
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WHAT: Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space experiences company, announced today that American technology entrepreneur Greg Olsen, Ph.D. and his Soyuz TMA-7 crew have arrived at the International Space Station and they will participate in a live NASA press conference, along with the Expedition 11 crew, on Tuesday, October 4 at 1:22 p.m. (EDT).

Dr. Olsen, who launched Friday, September 30 at 11:57 p.m. (EDT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, will field questions from reporters at participating NASA centers and at the Russian Mission Control Center, outside Moscow.  Dr. Olsen is spending 10 days in space.  He will return to Earth with the Expedition 11 crew at 9:08 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, October 10.

Space Adventures, who organized flights for the world’s first private space explorers, American businessman, Dennis Tito, and the ‘First African in Space’, Mark Shuttleworth, continues their pioneering effort of opening the space frontier to more than just career astronauts and cosmonauts.  In August, the company announced plans for a private mission to the moon.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 4

1:22 – 1:48 p.m. (EDT)


  • Participating NASA centers
  • Russian Mission Control—Moscow
  • Also available on NASA TV and via NASA web cast


  • Greg Olsen, spaceflight participant
  • Commander William McArthur, Expedition 12
  • Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, Expedition 12
  • Commander Sergei Krikalev, Expedition 11
  • Flight Engineer John Phillips, Expedition 11


Stacey Tearne

+1 703-524-7172 ext. 544


Dr. Olsen was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.  He earned dual bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and physics from Fairleigh Dickinson University. After he finished his undergraduate work he earned his masters in physics at Fairleigh Dickinson and then his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Virginia in 1971. In 1984, Dr. Olsen started his first company, EPITAXX, Inc. and later sold it for $12 million (USD).  He founded Sensors Unlimited, Inc. in 1992, later sold it for $700 million (USD) in 2000, bought it back in 2002 for $6 million (USD) and re-sold it in September 2005 for $60 million (USD). 


Space Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private explorers to space, is headquartered in Arlington, Va. with offices in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Moscow and Tokyo. It offers a variety of programs such as Zero-Gravity and MiG flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecrafts. The company’s advisory board comprises Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, shuttle astronauts Kathy Thornton, Robert (Hoot) Gibson, Charles Walker, Norm Thagard, Sam Durrance, Byron Lichtenberg and Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott. For more information, please visit

Stacey Tearne
Space Adventures
Our Mission Is Your Spaceflight
703-524-7172 ext. 544
703-524-7176 fax

SpaceRef staff editor.