Press Release

Space Adventures Offers Teambuilding and Leadership Programs Through Team Concepts, Inc.

By SpaceRef Editor
August 24, 2004
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Bringing space experiences to the Olympic level


Space Adventures, Ltd., the world’s leading space experiences company, announced today a partnership with Team Concepts, Inc., a high-performance teambuilding and leadership development company staffed by Olympians, to develop space-themed training programs for corporate and non-profit clients.


The first offering will be the ‘Olympics in Zero-Gravity’ package. Program participants will experience weightlessness by flying in a specially outfitted aircraft, theIlyushin 76,used to train astronauts. The plane flies in a parabolic flight pattern to simulate weightlessness. During the flight, group leaders, an ensemble of former astronauts and Olympians, will facilitate a competition between participants doing various activities such as tumbling, floating and flying.


“Space Adventures’ programs are perfect for teambuilding exercises, from Zero-Gravity flights to cosmonaut training, participants will not only learn about the mysteries of human spaceflight, but they will also be able to improve their skills working effectively and efficiently on team efforts,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures.  “We look forward to a rewarding partnership with Team Concepts. They have unparalleled experience in developing quality leadership and teambuilding programs.”


“We’re excited about bringing the lessons of high-performance teambuilding and leadership to people who really want to explore their limits,” said Dan Lyons, president of Team Concepts. “Learning and growth is all about changing perspective, and there can be no greater eye-opener than a trip to the outer limits of our own environment. Plus, of course, this program will give new impetus to the term ‘space race’!”


More about Space Adventures’ Zero-Gravity flight:

Once the Ilyushin 76 is at level in flight, the plane will pitch up to approximately 45 degrees nose high and wings level. As the aircraft flies upward, passengers experience about two times their body weight (or 2 Gs). Then, the engines are powered back and the aircraft glides over the top of the arch and weightlessness begins. The aircraft is then slowly pulled out of the dive, and when all people are safely on the padded floor, the maneuver is repeated. Passengers obtain approximately 28 to 30 seconds of micro-gravity during each parabola. There are usually eight to 12 parabolas in one flight.


About Team Concepts:

Team Concepts is a teambuilding and leadership company founded and staffed by Olympians, CEOs, Ph.Ds and other high performers who have “walked the walk”. The mission of Team Concepts is to ‘spread the Olympic Spirit through the business’ world via a mix of training programs based on the concept of ‘integrated learning’, a blend of experiential, seminar and motivational elements packaged together and designed to ensure deep learning and long term retention of the Team Champion philosophy of leadership. For more information, please visit


About Space Adventures:

Space Adventures, the only company to have successfully launched private tourists to the International Space Station, is headquartered in Arlington,Virginiawith an office in Moscow,Russia. It offers a variety of programs such as Zero Gravity, MiG flights, cosmonaut training, space flight 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 and Byron Lichtenberg; and Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott. For more information, please visit


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SpaceRef staff editor.