Hello all, Ken Baxter here from Sunny Las Vegas, Nevada and welcome to my blog! For those of you who don’t know my story, let me start at the beginning. One of my fondest memories of childhood is my obsession with Estes Apollo Mission model rockets – I can’t even count how many army men I sent into orbit. How I wished at the time that it could be me riding the rocket to get that spectacular view from space. The obsession with those rockets faded when I got older and discovered girls but the desire to go to space has stayed with me throughout my life. When the opportunity presented itself during an episode of 60 minutes that night in October 2004, the next morning I asked my assistant, Robin, to contact Sir Richard Branson at Virgin Atlantic. I was blown away when he called me back on his cell phone! It was then I told him I was all in, taking a leap of faith and investing in the VERY FIRST ticket on the fledgling Virgin Galactic, with the promise that the flights would occur in the order the tickets were purchased. When my lovely wife Linda and I returned from our Russian excursion with Abercrombie & Kent last month, I was excited to provide my measurements for the suit I will wear when my lifelong dream of space travel becomes reality.
Earlier this year Virgin Galactic announced a partnership with the sports gear manufacturing company Under Armour who will be producing space suits and footwear for the Virgin astronauts. Linda and I will be traveling to Philadelphia in November for my fitting of the newly designed space gear. Under Armour and Virgin have been pretty tight-lipped about the new design though if you watch the video above there are glimpses of what may be the material the suits will be made of. I can’t wait to see what they have come up with. I know when I suit up for my fitting it will finally feel like things are about to get REAL.
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