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NEXT CIVILIAN SPACE TRAVELER IS AMATEUR RADIO-READY



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==>NEXT CIVILIAN SPACE TRAVELER IS AMATEUR RADIO-READY

The next civilian space traveler is Amateur Radio ready. Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> reports
that software pioneer and aviator Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP, plans to talk
with students at three schools during his stay in space. He also may make
casual contacts. Simonyi, 58, is set to head into space April 7 on a Soyuz
"taxi mission" to the ISS. He'll accompany Expedition 15 Russian cosmonauts
Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, and Oleg Kotov. They'll join US astronaut Sunita
Williams, KD5PLB. As a client of Vienna, Virginia-based Space Adventures Ltd
<http://www.spaceadventures.com>, Simonyi will pay $25 million for the
privilege. He's been undergoing pre-flight training at Star City, Russia.
During his eight-day stay aboard the ISS, he will conduct experiments on
behalf of several international space agencies.

"I am fascinated by the technologies utilized by the American and Russian
space programs," Simonyi said. "As an engineer, I look forward to studying
the different engineering approaches." Simonyi obtained his Technician
ticket in December.

Space Adventures says Simonyi's mission goals are to advance civilian space
travel, assist with space station research and involve youth in the science
of space travel. He established his space flight Web site
<http://www.charlesinspace.com/> to chronicle his training experiences.

A native of Hungary, Simonyi earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and
mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in
computer science from Stanford University. Over the years, he's been
associated with Xerox and with Microsoft, where he oversaw the teams that
developed the company's Excel, Multiplan, Word and other applications.

After leaving Microsoft in 2002, Simonyi founded Intentional Software
Corporation, a software engineering company. The following year, he founded
the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences to support arts
organizations, science programs and educational institutions.

Simonyi began his cosmonaut training in September. As part of his
multi-faceted training at Star City, he has learned how to use the ARISS
gear aboard the ISS.

Space Adventures organized the flights for the world's first private space
explorers, Dennis Tito, KG6FZX, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, KC2ONX, and
Anousheh Ansari. "We wish Charles well and we look forward with great
anticipation to his launch," said Space Adventures President and CEO Eric
Anderson.
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