"First Female Private Space Explorer& First Space Ambassador”
Anousheh Ansari brings more than two decades as a successful serial entrepreneur to Prodea
Systems, where she serves as chairman. Anousheh is capturing headlines around the world
as the first female private space explorer. On Sept. 18, she blasted off for an eight-day
expedition aboard the International Space Station. Anousheh earned a place in history as the
fourth private explorer to visit space, and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. While in space,
she is conducting tests of Prodea Systems digital home technology.
An active proponent of world-changing technologies, Anousheh has dreamed of space
exploration since childhood. Her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X Prize, a
$10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable
manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. This feat was accomplished in 2004 by
legendary aerospace designer Burt Rutan in 2004.
Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and
chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and
growing the company to 250 employees with 100 percent sequential growth year over year
since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., a provider of IP-
based voice infrastructure products.
When Iranian-born American Anousheh Ansari blasted into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz
spacecraft, she accomplished more than fulfilling a childhood dream: She made the history books.
Ansari, who is on an eight-day visit to the International Space Station (ISS), became the first Muslim woman and first Iranian in space as well
as the first private female space tourist. The launch was six days after her 40th birthday.
Accompanying her on the mission are Expedition 14 commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, a Spanish-born American, and Russian flight
engineer Mikhail Tyurin, who will spend six months in orbit as the station's 14th permanent crew. The three arrived at the space station early
on September 20.
"Anousheh is a true space
ambassador and is dedicated to
using her experience to educate as
many people as possible. During her
stay, she will perform four scientific
experiments for the ESA examining
causes of anemia and back pain that
affect astronauts in zero gravity, as
well as investigating the effects of
space radiation and bacteria on the
health of space crews.
U.S. entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari,
U.S. astronaut Miguel Lopez-Alegria,
and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail
Tyurin (©AP Images)In addition, she
has launched a space blog where she
will answer questions from around the
“The launch was very smooth. The trip to the station felt long but it was worth it. I cannot keep
my eyes off the windows. Earth is magnificent and peaceful from up here,” said Ansari on
her September 20 blog entry.
“The Earth is so beautiful and if we could all see it this way I’m sure we would do everything in our power to preserve it. I truly hope that more
and more people get to experience this trip first hand,” she said.
To prepare for her spaceflight, Ansari completed a cosmonaut-training program at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center located in
Star City, Russia.
Ansari immigrated to the United States in 1984 at the age of 16 knowing only a few wis ords of English and became a successful
telecommunications entrepreneur. She is truly living the American dream. BODAZEY.COM congratulates this historical achievement by this