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Educator Space Program Insignia Patch
"Taking Education To New Heights"
Educator Stratonaut Program Insignia Patch
"Teaching From Near Space"
Student Stratonaut Program "Rising Above" Insignia Patch
SATINS Ambassador Insignia Patch
"Inspire - Challenge - motivate - support"
Point Of Discovery Satellite which will take many student experiments into near space.
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What is SATINS?

SATINS is a truly unique educator in space program.  It provides educators, students, and researchers with the extraordinary resources and a dynamic platform necessary to fly into space at no cost to students or schools.

Will SATINS offer the same opportunities to teachers as other commercial space flight providers?

Only a handful of Commercial Sub-orbital launch service providers offer options that address educator in space opportunities; however, these providers only offer seven minutes at best in space. SATINS provides up to 3 hours in near space for both unmanned and manned flights.

What makes the SATINS program different from NASA’s educator in space program?

With the Space Shuttle program now retired and a new space transportation system still years away from normal space flight operations; NASA has neither the availability nor time to provide a platform to fully support a true Educator in space program.

Why has this not been done before?

For many years people have flown to near-space in helium balloons until, in 1961, a modified inter-continental missile from the Soviet Union launched Yuri Gagarin into orbit. All the advanced ballooning teams on both sides of the iron curtain were then disbanded or put to work on missile-based access to space. The military usefulness of near-space ballooning has not been demonstrated, so there has been little in the way of government funding of innovation in this field. (For further information we suggest the excellent book The Pre-Astronauts: Manned Ballooning to the Edge of Space, US Naval Institute Press.)

Where does the atmosphere end?

The Earth’s atmosphere reaches well beyond ‘low earth orbit’, the altitude where the International Space Station, Shenzhou, the Shuttle and Soyuz orbit. These vehicles have to fire their rockets periodically not to fall because of the atmospheric drag. 

Although traces of air can still be measured even as high as altitudes of 10,000km, at an altitude of 36km you will have ventured beyond some 99.5% of the mass of the atmosphere.

Who is your direct competition?

It depends on how you define the industry. In terms of sustainable near-space experiences we are probably the first. Other market offerings that propose a somewhat similar view of Earth are more extreme in their health and training requirements. Although we do not climb as high as others, our experience is the only one that is open to all ages and medical conditions, effectively widening the market.

SATINS Near-Space ship will fly calmly up to an altitude of 36 km

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Enjoy your flight with zero emissions. SATINS is the clean-tech gate to near-space.
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This page was last updated: January 26, 2017