The company working with Origin founder Richard Garriott to train for his upcoming space mission has announced that it's searching for a backup space tourist. Alternate crew members are standard procedure for professional astronauts, but now Space Adventures Ltd. is capitalizing on Garriott's fame to secure an additional civilian body. The backup person must pay $3 million (US) to participate in the training, and this can be used as a deposit towards a later flight. The pair's experiences will also be featured in an upcoming documentary about the mission. In the event that Garriott doesn't qualify for his scheduled October 2008 launch, the stand-in will become the world's sixth space tourist. They must be at least 18 years old, between 5'3" and 6'1" in height, between 110 and 209 pounds and in good health. Interested parties can find more information here.
"Participation as an official back-up crew member is a once in a lifetime opportunity for an individual, or a company sponsoring an individual, to experience first-hand how our clients train for spaceflight," said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures. "It is with great enthusiasm that we, along with Richard, offer this position to a member of the public. The individual selected will be someone who not only has a genuine interest in human spaceflight, but also one who is able to be an active participant in Richard’s mission, to include being featured in a documentary TV series."
"I want to involve as many people as possible in my mission and this is one of the most innovative ways to do so," said Richard Garriott. "I encourage anyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to space to contact to Space Adventures. Not only will the back-up crew member be certified as a ‘fully-trained cosmonaut’ and be named to an official space mission crew, a distinction that less than 1,000 people have ever had; but, our combined participation is a step forward in the progression of our expansion into the cosmos."
These twenty-two small sketches were achievement and medal icons. Originally the game was to include an in-game medal system in addition to the standard Xbox Live achievements - they would display at the 'bar' screen which is still included in the finished game. The most interesting thing here is the 'wanted' poster - the plan for that called for the game to generate a WANTED poster using the player's statistics, in-game avatar and Xbox Live name.
This is part of a series of beautiful Wing Commander Arena concept images graciously provided by Gaia Industries. You can find the original article here. You can thank the guys at Gaia by picking up Street Trace NYC on Xbox Live Arcade!