Thursday, August 11, 2011

Eileen Borgeson and my foray into the Commercial Spaceflight Community at the International Space Development conference in 2006

This video was shown behind the stage proceeding the launch and presentation of the Dennis Tito Award for private space explorers who visited the International Space Station for a week 'vacation'.

Below is an article titled: "Eileen Borgeson’s Historic ‘Orbit Awards’ Poster Commemorating Space Tourism and Space Development is available for Free to all Earth Citizens" published following the event.

The ‘Orbit Awards’ Poster commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the International Space Development Conference (ISDC06) held last month in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Gateway. The event coincided with the 25th Anniversary of the National Space Society, the 10th Anniversary of the Space Tourism Society, and the 5th Anniversary of Dennis Tito’s historic flight to the International Space Station. He was the first private space tourist and he, along with 17 other space travelers, pioneers, entrepreneurs and visionaries were honored at the ‘Orbit Awards’ Dinner in May. The ISDC06 event was co-hosted by The National Space Society and The Planetary Society.

To create the central art for the ‘Orbit Awards’ Poster, Eileen Borgeson combined the imagery of her ‘Orbit Awards’, (AKA ‘the Dennis Tito Award’) with the “Portrait of the Milky Way”, an impressive artistic depiction by artist, Jon Lomberg. Rising from the center of the Milky Way, the ‘Orbital Muse’ a four sculpture assemblage, seems to move through space and come to rest under several ethereal rays flanked on either side by the faceted Holographic Crystals…visuals of the Awards that Eileen co-designed with Holography Pioneer, Jeff Allen. (The Milky Way painting is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s National Air and Space Museum.)

To always be remembered, the Space Tourist honorees and ‘Orbit Award’ winners are all listed on the left side of the Poster: Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Dr. Gregory Olsen, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Sir Richard Branson, Colonel Rick Searfoss, Robert Bigelow, Paul Allen, X Prize Foundation, Zero Gravity Corporation, Scaled Composites, Eric C. Anderson, The Ansari Family, Leonard David, Henry Vanderbilt, Tsuyoshi Saotome and Peter Wainwright.

On the right side of the Orbit Poster, the notable speakers have their own place of honor: Burt Rutan, Elon Musk, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Dr. Peter Diamandis, Dr. Gregory Olsen, Rusty Schweickart, Rick Searfoss, Shana Dale, Charles Elachi, Bill Nye, Gen. Pete Worden and Rep. Diane Rohrabacher.

The Orbit Awards Poster celebrates the major space developments evolving from the private sector. “From an educational viewpoint, it seemed appropriate to initially release a poster that could be downloaded free to the global community.” Eileen Borgeson continues, “If more people can become aware and understand the scope of this emerging industry they may exchange their apprehension for excitement and enthusiasm as so many others have done”.

The ‘Orbit Awards’ poster can be downloaded directly from Eileen’s ‘Virtual Gallery’ home page at Also watch a short video shown at the Orbit Awards historic event.

The Orbit Poster’s artistic image was influenced by the composition of ‘The Universe Within’, a hologram currently being produced by Jeff Allen. The viewer of the hologram will see Eileen Borgeson’s sculptural ‘Orbital Muse’ and Jon Lomberg’s computer generated, ‘Universe’, alternately projecting and floating in the same holographic virtual space.

The Orbit Poster combined the talents of three accomplished artists in their fields.

Eileen Borgeson is an artist’s artist who creates art in every medium. Her art is in collections worldwide, including: B. B. King, Elton John, Aerosmith, Hugh Hefner, Dalai Lama plus the major television networks, who are all recipients of her Promax ‘Muse of Creativity’ Awards. You can get a visual taste of the variety of Eileen’s artwork at her ‘virtual gallery’;

Jon Lomberg is one of the world’s most distinguished artists inspired by astronomy and has won an Emmy for his work on PBS’s Cosmos series. Lomberg was the principal artistic collaborator of astronomer Carl Sagan. Lomberg’s illustrious career can be sampled at

Jeff Allen has participated in many holographic breakthroughs. The holograms on the VISA and MasterCard credit cards and National Geographic magazine covers are a direct outgrowth of some of these early efforts. Articles chronicling Allen’s experience can be viewed at