16 March 1998
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Space Transportation Association to Hold Press Conference on Space Tourism Study Results
STA/NASA study sees "no obstacles" to establishment of space tourism business
by Patrick Collins
After a reception starting at 8.00 am, a press conference will be held at 9.00 am on Wednesday March 25th on Capitol Hill at the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-354 (corner of Independence Avenue and South Capitol Street, SW) Washington D.C. to announce the release of the final report of the joint study by STA and NASA on General Public Space Travel and Tourism.

This pioneering study formally started in September 1995, being established in order to determine what needs to be done politically, technically, financially and publicly to enable space to be opened up to the general public in the near future.

The key finding of the study, which involved travel and tourism business representatives as well as aerospace industry professionals, is that all existing barriers to space tourism can be overcome through a cooperative effort by the private sector, government and general public.

At the press conference leaders of the study will give brief presentations, after which they will answer questions from the audience. Towards the end of the conference the formation of a new Space Travel and Tourism organization will be announced, whose purpose will be to promote development of, secure government support for, and stimulate general public interest in new Space Travel and Tourism businesses.

The leaders of the study foresee today's space-themed terrestrial entertainment businesses growing to include sub-orbital flights, orbital flights, orbiting resort hotels and eventually lunar visits - leading to "a huge payoff in the future".

Copies of the NASA/STA Study Report (3 Volumes) will be distributed at the conference.

For information concerning attendance at this historic meeting, please contact The Space Transportation Association at 703-671-4116.
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Patrick Collins 16 March 1998
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