A Space Program In Amish Country?
Strasburg firm brings Space access to the public
[Strasburg, PA – May 10th, 2013] Surrounded by tranquil fields, the idyllic town of Strasburg, PA seems an unlikely place for a Space company. Tucked into a tiny corner just off the downtown square sits the headquarters for a company that wants to make Space ‘available’ to anyone.
“Currently our primary products are digital photo packages,” says Joe Latrell, the company’s CEO. “We send images, videos and an assortment of small items both to near-space and on suborbital flights. We want 2013 to be the year of personal space.”
“This is a great way to get students and teachers involved in space travel,” continues Latrell. “What better way to start a child exploring real world math and science than to participate in a real space mission? What a great introduction to STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) courses.”
Photos To Space partners with existing launch firms for the actual flights. While the company does launch small vehicles for testing flight hardware at a nearby local farm, they don’t launch space-bound rockets from Pennsylvania. Says Latrell, “We work with several companies to handle the actual launch duties. They get to do the really cool part of the mission while we handle the customer support end of things.”
Two different launches are rapidly approaching. The first is a near-space launch to 20 miles occurring at the end of May. The second is a sub-orbital flight launching out of Spaceport America in NM in late June or early July. Additional flights are planned throughout the remaining year.
“It’s an inexpensive and fun way to get involved in Space. Where else can you get directly involved in Space for less?” he asks. Prices for the company’s offerings start at $1.49 for a near-space flight.
For more information about Photos To Space’s various opportunities
visit their website at http://www.photostospace.com.
About Photos To Space
Based in Lancaster County, PA, Photos To Space was created with the goal of getting people involved and interested in space and to provide opportunities for the general public to take part in space travel. Through its website, www.photostospace.com, customers can participate directly in incredible Space adventures.