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NEWS 2017

24.05.2017: INTO THE ABYSS! HALO means High Altitude Low Opening. It was developed for sending out paratroopers behind the enemy lines so that the radar systems couldn't catch them. In our HALO-Tandem jumps you will drop out of a altitude of minimum 28,500 feet and then you will have a 2 minutes free fall into the abyss! For some clients these minutes are the longest in their life or the shortest ones. When back on the ground, they all want to do it again! The HALO jump season will close in this year in November. So, why not having the most thrilling time in your life? More info is here!

07.05.2017: "DOT OF LIGHT"! What is that feeling to go up to space? Three woman astronauts, Nicole Stott, Kathy Sullivan and Anushe Ansari, share their moments in life when they were privileged to belong to humans who had the chance to see Earth from another perspective. Eliza McNitt made a short movie what spot on all of their feelings! A must see!

12.04.2017: NO TIME FOR FEAR - BULL RIDE MIG-29 360! How it feels like in real during an MIG-29 jet ride is only realised by our clients. Since 2015 we install eight different cameras by customer wish in and outside the jet to give an afterwards giant impression of the flight. Of course, some videos are presented to the public on our website, YouTube channel, Facebook or Vimeo.

Now we are doing the next step and moving to VR and adding a 360-degree camera on top of that by demand! See the flight as you never seen such before. It is like that you sit on the tail of the MIG-29, and believe us: it is more force necessary as to do a bull ride! When you want to have your own bull ride, consider to visit the MIG-29 programs here to make your choice from 3 different flight programs! The camera options are available for all of them!

21.03.2017: COMMERCIAL FILMING IN ZERO-G! We do provide zeroG flights since the new millennium started. Thousands of people joined since then our parabolic flights for having fun.

But not only the fun character is that what people drive, but it is also the possibility to show unique brands and their goods in an ideal environment: weightlessness! Of course, we could help you by sending your special payload to real space, reaching the International Space Station, but there are some more natural ways to film in weightlessness.

We operated several flights for film teams, especially in the last three years we made some awesome missions. In 2014 we flew a Mexican artist group "La Gravedad de los Asuntos", in 2015 we helped Philips of Japan to show two athletes in weightlessness, a BMX biker and a skydiver & base jumper. Both are very known for their athletics, the first time someone rides a BMX bike in weightlessness to present a new razor, invented by Philips.

In 2016 we developed a production line for Korean MBC and their "Infinite Show" for a sequel. Here, six comedians visited the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City to have the feeling, what does it mean to be an astronaut or cosmonaut. They used the centrifuge, they used the Soyuz simulator and, as the main gig, they board into the large Ilyushin 76MDK parabolic aircraft to fly 15 parabolas. With on board: 6 camera guys who shoot the parabolas from different angles and dozens of other cameras!

Of course, there is a difference by demand. A shoot for a TV show and a commercial are both different stories. We have our commercial TV team ready to attend you:

Our Director is Thomas Rusch, a well-known photographer for commercials & arts. Thomas is always thinking about the edge of possibilities! Our director of photography is Albrecht Silberberger, who worked for big Hollywood productions like "Captain America" and did the gaffer for Steven Spielberg's "The Bridge of Spies". Albrecht received a lot of awards for his work, especially in the last two years. Also, he is an inventor for light and developed by self a lot of unique items, what will set the movie stage under the special light! Laurent Friquet is a French photographic artist who is following his way and also serves as the chief technical guy during our commercial productions, taking care of all the camera equipment and the electronic stuff what is needed.

When you have crazy ideas, and you want to do something that was never shown before, do not hesitate to contact us directly. We do speak the film production language and do know about budgets and logistic adventures, but you can be sure: we do avoid nightmares!

Commercial filming in Zero-G

02.03.2017: YOU WILL BE A STRATONAUT! The Stratosphere is the 2nd layer of Earth's atmosphere. On the south and the north pole, it started in altitudes at 8 km, at equator regions of Earth it starts at 15 km altitude. The Stratosphere is up to 50 km, where the Mesosphere is starting. Inside the Stratosphere the temperature rises as higher you go.

Since the year 2000, we fly into the Stratosphere with high-performance fighter jets. We call this region "To the Edge of Space" or "Edge of Space" because the FAI ("Fédération Aéronautique Internationale") named it decades ago. It is a fixed term in aerospace. The physical border, so the real edge of space, is at 100km altitude, called the "Karman Line." At this point, aerospace is transferring to astronautics.

Flights with the MIG-29UB "Fulcrum" are nowadays the only possibility to get high as possible with tremendous speed. Altitudes between 17 and 21 kilometres can be reached, depending on the situation of the day. Mostly, such "Edge of Space Flights" are performed in winter times between October and April, because the temperatures below the Stratosphere are deeper like in summer times. That gives more lift to the plane, and because of speed, it can go higher than like in summer times.

So, when you want to go high up, flying with Mach 1,7 (around 1,850 kph), you are strapped to your ejection seat, packed in layers of special clothes and an anti-g-force full body suit. That all keeps you alive! You can enjoy the view high above; you will see Earth curvature like never before!

Afterwards, you will feel the g-forces during aerobatic manoeuvres, what the test-pilot will show you. You go up as a human and will come back down to Earth as another one. No doubts! And you are an STRATONAUT!

Your carrer as a Stratonaut starts here!

18.02.2017: YOUR ROAD TO THE STARS! A change in the launch schedule for 2017 because of decisions of the Russian Space Agency Roskosmos, makes it a little bit more challenging for us to take you on your road to the stars. The two first launches of the year will be in March and May, but this year it will be April and July. Because of a problem of the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft, there was done the decision to change the missions. For human spaceflight, everything is done to be on the safe side! Soyuz MS-04 will lift-off now on April 20, 2017, and Soyuz MS-05 will lift off on July 28, 2017! It is a really "hot" adventure to be in July at Kazakhstan, but it is also a very nice time to stay there, if you don't have any problems with high temperatures, what can be behind +40 degree Celsius in the early morning. But no worry, in the nights the temperatures falling to +10 degrees for cooling you down! Soyuz MS-05 will lift a three men crew to the stars. Also, Italian ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will be on the flight. To see the road to the stars in real belongs to a "must-do" trip for any space enthusiast. Interested fans, we will set on the participant's list for no costs, contracts will only be made min. +45 days before a confirmed lift-off. More info about our trips are here!

Road to the stars!

10.02.2017: GETTING RID OF WEIGHT! Getting rid of the attraction of gravity means to go into a huge plane in Russia, the Ilyushin 76-MDK. This aircraft used for decades for cosmonaut training and scientific research of behaviour in weightlessness. Since the year 2000 we fly with this big bird, what represents the largest wide body parabolic aircraft in the world, zeroG flights, in which you can float free like the astronauts onboard the space station ISS. We do each year several fun flights and also specific flights for purposes of filming commercials. Depending on the demand, we can fly 10 to 20 parabolas in each flight, maximum two flights a day. When you want to get onboard during our fun flights you will come back full of emotions. Your personal boarding pass is waiting on you here!

14.01.2017: YOUR PRIVATE VOID! You are sitting in a turboprop aeroplane, equipped with different skydiving gear and hooked to your very experienced HALO jumpmaster. The aircraft is flying up to 30,000 feet, you trying to relax. When reaching the altitude, you hear the command "EXIT! EXIT! EXIT" and the master chief of the drop flight opens the door. You will move with your jumpmaster quickly to the open door, and then you have your private void in front of you! You were looking down in a 30,000 feet abyss! You will have a more than 2 minutes free fall to do, then 3 minutes longer before reaching Earth's soil again. Your pulse is rising more, and then you jump out! Sounds incredible? Try it in this year, your abyss is still waiting here!

02.01.2017: WELCOME TO ALL OF YOU IN 2017! New challenges, new endeavours, new programs and new adventures are on the drawing boards. Also, SPACE AFFAIRS will have a tremendous change in this year, we will make the next step in our evolution after 17 years in business! Watch out, and hope to see you!



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