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The FreeFly Astronaut Project

An endeavour to fly Higher, Longer and Faster whilst developing the human capability, procedures, protocols, equipment & technology to enable future space travellers to return safely from high-altitude / low-Earth-orbit in the event of a space emergency.

“Be a part of the most dramatic series of human SpaceFlights ever undertaken…”

The NewSpace and emerging Space Tourism industries urgently need a method to safely and efficiently bring people – crew, passengers and tourists – back to Earth in the event of catastrophic spacecraft failure, or space emergency.

Currently there is no Plan B… no ‘Life Vest’ for space!

Background

The FreeFly Astronaut Project was founded in 2009 by ‘Father of FreeFly’ Olav Zipser.

SpaceDive – The Mission

Develop the human capability, procedures, protocols, equipment & technology to fly Higher, Longer and Faster – building up to a sub-orbital human re-entry from above the 100 km Kármán Line… a true space altitude!

Mission parameters include windtunnel testing & training, parabolic arc micro-gravity and high altitude flight testing & training from a variety of platforms including aircraft, balloons and rockets.

Spacesuit

A range of new generation Bio-Mechanical Flex-Wing Space Activity Suits is being developed, and will be tested & proven as the project progresses through its various milestones.

Human SpaceFlight Safety 

Once we achieve the world’s first true SpaceDive, we’ll have solved one of the great issues of safety in human space flight – and achieved a goal that will benefit every space traveller in the future.

Records

 Each of our target altitude missions will set multiple aeronautic and astronautic records – and each successive mission will break them, and set them anew.

Impact

 Our achievements collectively will make a significant impact on the future of human space flight and an immeasurable contribution towards shaping the next generation of aeronautic, astronautic, and NewSpace related technologies, markets, and industries.

Vision

A collectively owned democratic open and transparent organisation with meaningful economic incentives for participation and contribution.

Positions Available

 Tell us about your specalist skills.

Apply to be part of our team, an official advisor, or one of our test pilots.

Join Us

Join us in the first decentralised crowdfunded democratic open source private space initiative, and be part of not only the world’s first true SpaceDive, but also the development of procedures, protocols, equipment & technology toward saving lives in this exciting era of private spaceflight and space tourism.

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More information will be provided to registered and approved community members.

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Core Team

Team member
Olav Zipser
Olav is a highly accomplished multiple time world champion Sports Emmy Award winning skydiver.

Pioneer of FreeFly and founder of; The First School of Modern SkyFlying; Atmosphere Dolphin FreeFly Licence Program; Space Games; and FreeFly Astronaut Project, Olav has dedicated 30 years of his life to research, development, teaching and training in human body flight around the world.

Team member
Mike Rumble
Mike has worked closely with Olav on developing the FreeFly Astronaut Project since the pair teamed up for the SkyDive for Rhinos campaign, which raised funds for on-the-ground, front-line anti-poaching efforts in South Africa, back in 2012.

Drop Zone Operator of the successful Mother City SkyDiving in Cape Town, South Africa, Mike organises and manages high-profile skydiving events and displays, and has world-wide entrepreneurial business experience.

Our team includes the support of specialists, pioneers and visionaries from around the world…

Advisors

Team member
Gregory Gottlieb
Gregory’s 20 year career in the British Army culminated in his appointment as the UK Ministry of Defence Officer responsible for all counter-terrorism and special forces aviation equipment requirements.

A recognised global expert in the development and operation of lighter-than-air technologies, Gregory is a senior aerospace executive and MD of Airships Arabia.

Team member
Alexander Pyzin
Former vice-president of S.P. Korolev Rocket & Space Corp. (the Russian Space Agency), Alexander has a wide range of experience working in specialist space industry services around the world.
Team member
John Narraway
Bermuda Business Development Agency Consultant for Emerging & Exponential Technologies and Chairman of Bermuda’s Blockchain Business Development working group, John is a veteran in the global startup and technology space.

John has held several C-level positions in both private and publicly traded companies along with creating several technology based ventures.

Team member
Mark Procos
Mark is general manager for United Parachute Technologies (UPT).

UPT’s inventions and innovations have earned the company numerous prestigious awards, and greatly enhanced skydiving safety around the world.

Team member
Mads Larsen
Mads Larsen is the Co-founder of Larsen & Brusgaard (L&B), a mechanical and electronic engineer, inventor and successful entrepreneur.

L&B design and manufacture specialist digital equipment for the skydiving industry worldwide, their numerous inventions have greatly enhanced skydiving safety around the world.

Team member
Bill Coe
Bill is the founder and president of world-class parachute manufacturer Performance Designs Inc.

Performance Designs have introduced numerous cutting-edge concepts and materials to the parachute industry, revolutionising parachute design and setting parachute industry standards around the world.

Over 35 years the company has grown to more than 300 employees and builds 300+ varieties of parachutes.

Team member
Helmut Cloth
Helmut is the founder and President of Airtec GmbH & Co.KG Safety Systems, and the inventor of the CYbernetic Parachute RElease System (CYPRES).

Since the first CYPRES unit was sold 28 years ago, 198,000+ units have been produced, and 4,000+ skydivers lives saved.

More than 123,000,000+ jumps have been made using a CYPRES... with 100% reliability.

Helmut has received every major award for his technical achievements, and CYPRES has been bestowed with some of the highest awards in the skydiving and aviation industries.

Team member
Graham Field
A highly accomplished veteran skydiver with 30+ years in the sport, Graham was involved in the design and testing of modern day ram air parachutes, holds 32 national titles, and has been awarded Aero Club Gold Wings in recognition for outstanding service to sports aviation.

Graham is the Chairman of Parachute Association of South Africa, a Show Jump Operator, and Drop Zone Operator / Chief Instructor for a number of drop zones in South Africa, Qatar and the Maldives.

External Support

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International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety (IAASS)

“Committed to furthering the international cooperation and scientific advancement in space systems safety the IAASS sees the FreeFly Astronaut Project as the next important step in the right direction toward advancing space safety science for future of human spaceflight, space tourism, and space exploration.”

“The objectives of the FreeFly Astronaut Project align with the mission and goals of the IAASS and we are pleased to give our encouragement and to offer expert input, support and assistance to the objectives of this scientific research project.”

Tommaso Sgobba

IAASS – Executive Director

www.IAASS.org

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International Parachuting Commission (IPC)

“The IPC would like to express its unambiguous support for the latest endeavour of Mr Zipser, the FreeFly Astronaut Project.”

“I am convinced he is qualified to make this project a success.”

Ronald Overdijk

Chair IPC Artistic Events Committee

www.fai.org/commission/ipc

Reference Articles

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Interview With Olav Zisper
SPACE SAFETY MAGAZINE
World champion skydiver, trainer of 14 other world champions, and Sports Emmy Award-winning Germany native Olav Zisper has dedicated 27 years to the advancement of human flight.
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Olav Zisper Profile
PARACHUTISTONLINE
Olav Zipser, D-11733, spearheaded the freefly revolution of the early 1990s. Zipser founded the Space Games freefly competition and has earned numerous championships and records, as well as an Emmy award for his work on ESPN’s “X-Games.”
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Catching Up With Olav
CYPRES AERO
If the sport of skydiving had a heart, Olav Zipser would be its left ventricle. For thirty years–and in, arguably, more ways than any other human has been able to do, this powerhouse human has pumped freshness and life and vitality out into the skydiving world.
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Olav Zipser’s History of FreeFly

FreeFly Astronaut Project Timeline

Rationale

Less than 600 people have been to ‘space’ since Yuri Gagarin made the first human orbital spaceflight back in April 1961 – to date only 24 humans have travelled beyond low-Earth-orbit.

Dennis Tito became the first fee-paying space tourist in 2001, and Mark Shuttleworth the second in 2002.  A total of seven private citizens have now paid between $20 and $40 million to travel with Ruscosmos atop Soyuz rockets to the International Space Station.

In 2004, flying separate flights in SpaceShipOne, Mike Melville and Brian Binne achieved the first privately funded and flown space flights, winning the US$10 million Ansari X Prize and becoming the first private astronauts in the process.

With SpaceX already delivering cargo to the ISS – and working towards manned missions to Mars within the next ten to twelve years – and with space tourism companies such as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin already preparing to fly passengers to suborbital space, the discussion must now move towards ensuring the safety of the growing numbers of space travellers in this NewSpace era.

It would be naive to believe that the NewSpace era will evolve without incident and, in the absence of real data, estimates of passenger safety and vehicle reliability may be unrealistically optimistic. Current designs and thinking offer limited possibilities for survival in the event of space emergencies.

The lack of procedures and protocols for worst-case scenarios in launch, suborbital, and orbital space emergencies has already resulted in the loss of the lives of two space shuttle crews.

Technologies and protocols for survival in space emergencies will become standard for commercial human space flights as soon as such equipment and protocols are available. But until then, and until every member of every crew has an emergency escape option,  all human space flights should be regarded as purely experimental.

The world currently finds itself at a pivotal time in space exploration. Passenger safety is paramount, and it will play a major part in the sustainability of this new era of private spaceflight and space tourism.

Join Us

Join us in the first decentralised crowdfunded democratic open source private space initiative, and be part of not only the world’s first true SpaceDive, but also the development of procedures, protocols, equipment & technology toward saving lives in this exciting era of private spaceflight and space tourism.

Register

More information will be provided to registered and approved community members.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

FOR MORE INFO

The FreeFly Astronaut Project

An endeavour to fly Higher, Longer and Faster whilst developing the human capability, procedures, protocols, equipment and technology to enable future space travellers to return safely from high-altitude / low-Earth-orbit in the event of a space emergency.

Space Emergency Rescue Solutions (SERS)

Please direct all enquiries to:

info@SERS.space