Private 'Rocketeers' Reach for Space - Science Writer in Canada to Explain



    WATERLOO, ON, Feb. 5 /CNW/ - In the 'second space age', human spaceflight
may no longer be the domain of governments. Dream-chasing entrepreneurs and
clever engineers are aggressively blazing new trails into the heavens and
preparing the world for an era of space tourism, ultra fast point-to-point
earth travel and even orbiting hotels.
    On Wednesday, February 6th, at 7:00 pm, Perimeter Institute will host
science journalist and author Michael Belfiore in a sold-out public lecture.
Belfiore will provide insights from his recent book - 'Rocketeers: How A
Visionary Band of Business Leaders, Engineers, and Pilots Is Boldly
Privatizing Space'.
    Having gained inside access into the top private space programs, Belfiore
will share his many insights on the history-making flights, the failures and
fatalities, as well as the enduring passion and dreams of the real estate
tycoons, dot-com billionaires, a video game programmer and other business
mavericks for whom the sky is no longer the limit. They are fueling the
highest-flying private rockets ever built, testing 'vertical dragsters', and
preparing to launch an inflatable space station - with the mock-up already in
earth orbit. Can your ticket to ride be that far behind?

    ABOUT PERIMETER INSTITUTE:

    Perimeter Institute is an independent, non-profit research centre where
international scientists are clustering to push the limits of our
understanding of physical laws by contemplating and calculating new ideas
about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. The Institute,
located in Waterloo, also provides a wide array of educational outreach
activities for students, teachers and the general public across Canada and
beyond in order to share the joys of research, discovery and innovation. For
more information, please visit www.perimeterinstitute.ca.





For further information:

For further information: To inquire about seats for journalists or to
coordinate an interview with our speaker, contact Renée Ellis at
rellis@perimeterinstitute.ca or (519) 569-7600 ext. 5051

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