Southampton, PA, USA. April 11, 2012- The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, and Virtuoso®, the leading luxury travel agency network, signed an agreement to make the dream of space-related travel experiences a reality for both public enjoyment and education, and to provide training for actual commercial spaceflight ticketholders. As a Preferred Supplier, the NASTAR Center will provide Virtuoso's upscale clientele with educational and spaceflight training simulation experiences at its world-renowned aerospace facility just outside of Philadelphia, PA. In exchange, Virtuoso will provide access to its network of over 7,200 elite travel advisors in 20 countries, as well as marketing and travel-related services to promote, distribute, and sell the NASTAR Center programs.
The NASTAR Center offers unique educational and hands-on aerospace adventure experiences that range from Summer Camp programs to FAA approved Commercial Spaceflight Training. www.nastarcenter.com
Thus far, the NASTAR Center has trained over 240 people for upcoming commercial spaceflights in its training program, including 115 future Virgin Galactic 'Astronauts' and 70 Accredited Space Agents (ASA's).
Virtuoso is the exclusive sales network throughout the Americas for Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceflights. Virtuoso also has the largest network of ASA's trained to sell Virgin Galactic. The agreement with NASTAR will enable all Virtuoso member agencies, including its ASA's, to sell the NASTAR Center programs to audiences around the world.
"For the first time, The NASTAR Center is making its programs available through travel agencies," says Jim Osborne, vice president, air, space and specialty products at Virtuoso. "Virtuoso advisors can now offer a wide range of training options for aerospace enthusiasts of every generation. The appeal to future Virgin Galactic astronauts is a given, but we anticipate individuals and families alike will find NASTAR's programs an exciting opportunity to enjoy an out-of-this world-experience."
"Virtuoso has done a remarkable job of delivering unique travel experiences around the world," said Brienna Henwood, Director of Space Training and Research at NASTAR Center. "We are delighted to formalize our relationship and look forward to bringing new exciting and unique aerospace experiences to Virtuoso's extensive agency membership and their clientele."
Virtuoso® is the industry's leading luxury travel network. This by-invitation-only organization comprises over 330 agencies with more than 7,200 elite travel specialists in 20 countries in North and South America, the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand, as well as over 1,250 of the world's best travel providers and premier destinations. The network's member agencies generate over $9.6 billion annually in travel sales, making the group the most powerful in the luxury travel segment. Their relationships with the finest travel companies provide the network's affluent clientele with exclusive amenities, rare experiences and privileged access. For more information, visit www.virtuoso.com. To view Virtuoso's latest videos, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/VirtuosoTraveler.
About NASTAR Center
The National AeroSpace Training And Research (NASTAR®) Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Environmental Tectonics Corporation (ETC®) (www.etcusa.com). The NASTAR Center is a state-of-the-art aerospace training, research, and educational facility dedicated in improving the health and safety of humans in extreme conditions. NASTAR Center serves military aviation (fixed and rotary wing), civil aviation (fixed and rotary wing), space travel (government and private) and provides research support for component and human factors testing. For more information about NASTAR Center, visit www.nastarcenter.comor contact Brienna Henwood at Tel: 215-355-9100 x1504 or email email@example.com.
ETC (OTCQB: ETCC) designs, manufactures and sells software driven products and services used to recreate and monitor the physiological effects of motion on humans and equipment and to control, modify, simulate and measure environmental conditions. These products include aircrew training systems (aeromedical, tactical combat and general), disaster management systems, sterilizers (steam and gas), environmental testing products and hyperbaric chambers and other products and services that involve similar manufacturing techniques and engineering technologies. ETC's unique ability to offer complete systems, designed and produced to high technical standards, sets it apart from its competition. ETC is headquartered in Southampton, PA. For more information about ETC, visit www.etcusa.com or contact CFO Bob Laurent at Tel: 215-355-9100 ext. 1550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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