AstroAccess, an organization dedicated to promoting disability inclusion in space exploration, have announced they will be flying a second cohort of Disabled Ambassadors on a Zero Gravity Corporation flight to experience weightlessness and investigate microgravity accessibility solutions.
This follows the historic inaugural AstroAccess flight of 12 individuals in October of 2021. AstroAccess Flight 2 will take place on November 19, 2022, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Individuals interested in flying can apply via this direct link…
The AstroAccess 2022 flight costs have been generously sponsored through a philanthropic donation from Dylan Taylor, a pioneer and visionary in the space exploration industry. Mr. Taylor supported AstroAccess as part of his Buy One, Give One pledge when he flew aboard the commercial Blue Origin New Shepard Mission NS-19 flight last December. The Buy One, Give One pledge is a call for all commercial astronauts to consider a set of gifts that will pay it forward and support organizations here on Earth.
In addition to his generous support of AstroAccess, Mr. Taylor supported four other organizations: Edesia Nutrition, The Brooke Owens Fellowship, The Patti Grace Smith Fellowship, and Space for Humanity.
AstroAccess opened applications for new Ambassador candidates on April 26. The application to be a Flight 2 Ambassador will be open until June 3, 2022. Submit your application now at https://astroaccess.org/apply-now/
“I am thrilled to be working with AstroAccess and encourage others to join me in supporting its vital mission to make space exploration accessible for everyone,” said Mr. Taylor.
“We are so excited to make our official announcement of AstroAccess Flight 2 – our second fully chartered Zero-G flight,” said Anna Voelker, Executive Director of AstroAccess and SciAccess, Inc. “We are incredibly grateful to Dylan for helping make this possible while also championing an incredible pledge that we hope others will follow.”
Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen, an AstroAccess Flight 1 Ambassador and member of the leadership team, said, “I am so excited to welcome new Ambassadors into our team. I look forward to working with them on new experiment tasks based on our learnings from Flight 1, which was a life-changing experience for me.”
AstroAccess is dedicated to advancing disability inclusion in space exploration for the benefit of humankind. The first mission successfully flew 12 individuals with disabilities on October 17, 2021 with the ultimate goal of flying one or more team members to space in the coming years. The project is supported through the Whitesides Foundation and is part of SciAccess, Inc., an international non-profit dedicated to advancing disability inclusion in STEM. The fiscal sponsor of the project is Yuri’s Night, a non-profit space advocacy organization. AstroAccess is funded entirely by charitable donations, which can be made via the website: https://astroaccess.org/donate/.