Dutch Supermodel Doutzen Kroes is going into space in 2014.
Many say she is the most beautiful woman on earth, but from 2014 she will also be the most beautiful beyond this planet. “My work has brought me literally to the most beautiful places on earth. Yet nothing seems to be as beautiful as the sight of Earth from space” said Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes (26).
Space Expedition Curacao is steadily progressing on its way to the first flight in 2014. Today, exactly 50 years after Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, the Dutch space travel initiative, together with XCOR, the American designer and producer of the spacecraft, announced which milestones were recently reached.
The international press gathered at the Dutch Air and Space Travel Laboratory (Nederlands Lucht- en Ruimtevaartlaboratorium) and heard Ben Droste, SXC founder, explain: “ The reason we chose the NLR for this press conference, is that our SXC project is important to the scientific world as well. The Lynx spacecraft can carry out scientific projects in weightless conditions and is able to send smaller satellites into orbit, something that is experiencing a growing demand. In order to stimulate this knowledge platform, KLM has developed a format for students of Aerospace Engineering of the Technical University in Delft to join one of the first flights.”
At the press conference, important commercial news was also shared. The official ticket sales commenced April 1st, 2011. The first 100 flights will be carried out by a group of so called ‘Founder Astronauts’, who are invited personally. Among the first fifteen founder astronauts are some well-known people.
One of them is Armin van Buuren (34) who was elected Best DJ in the world last year, for the fourth time in a row. His radio show ‘A State Of Trance’ attracts around 30 million listeners each time it airs. Van Buuren: “Of course, it’s like a dream to me! What DJ doesn’t dream of going three times faster than his own sound? And the explosion of silence at the height of 100 km. I can’t wait. A heart rate of 200 BPM should be achievable.”
Martin Schröder (79), founder of Martinair, is another striking name on the list. “The Dutch have always been pioneers in the field of air travel. The step to commercial space travel SXC is about to take, in my opinion, is at least as important as the introduction of the jet engine was in its time. An out-of-the box initiative in the tradition of the Dutch’ strong entrepreneurial character. I am looking forward to being part of aerospace history once again!”