Excalibur Almaz Team Unveils Capsule in Isle of Man


Space experts attend launch of exciting Manx project

Astronaut Dr Leroy Chiao and cosmonaut Colonel Vladimir Titov were among a number of experienced space experts at the press launch of the Excalibur Almaz space project held at King William’s College on Saturday.

Dr Leroy Chiao is a veteran of three Shuttle missions and one Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS), most recently serving as commander and NASA science officer of expedition 10 aboard the ISS from October 2004 to April 2005. He has logged 229 days in space — more than 36 hours of which were spent doing spacewalks.

His responsibilities at Excalibur Almaz include overseeing spacecraft development, crew training, spaceflight operations, and all other aspects of spaceflight management.

Colonel Titov is an adviser with Excalibur Almaz and one of the world’s most experienced astronauts. His career began in the Soviet Union in the 1970s and flew four missions as a cosmonaut including becoming the first man ever to spend a whole year in space.

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