Martin Schröder is the founder of Martinair and another striking name on our list. “The Dutch have always been pioneers in the field of air travel. The step to commercial space travel that SXC is about to take is, in my opinion, at least as important as the introduction of the jet engine in its time. An out-of-the box initiative in the tradition of the Dutch’s strong entrepreneurial character. I am looking forward to being part of aerospace history once again!"
According to many she is the most beautiful woman in the world, but from 2014 on she will also be the most beautiful woman in the universe: Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes. “My work took me to the most amazing places on Earth. But I am told that nothing is as beautiful as the sight of the Earth from space. All astronauts who witnessed it, say it has changed their lives. I am really excited to go there and also proud to announce that SXC has donated one extra ticket to Dance4Life, the organization that fights HIV and AIDS among young people.” This ticket was auctioned July 2, 2012, prior to the Sensation White festival.
Armin van Buuren was elected Best DJ in the world for the fourth consecutive time last year. His radio show ‘A State Of Trance’ has approximately 30 million listeners each time it airs. Van Buuren: “Of course it is like a dream to me! What DJ does not dream of going three times faster than his own sound? And the explosion of silence at the height of 100 km. I cannot wait. A heart rate of 200 BPM should be attainable." To watch an interview with Armin van Buuren about SXC click here.
Another famous name on the preliminary list of Founder Astronauts is Erica Terpstra. She has been dedicated to environmental care her entire life. Therefore, she explains, the SXC initiative deserves special attention: “Travelling outside the atmosphere makes a huge difference to the impact on the environment here on Earth. The SXC expeditions are in fact the first steps towards a significantly more efficient means of transport. Obviously, I can only encourage this.”
Naturally, the island of Curacao will also be sending a representative into space. In 2010, Hensley Meulens won the World Series Baseball, coaching the San Francisco Giants and making a name for himself in the United States. Meulens: “Americans are crazy about space travel, but for Curacao this is also a great initiative in terms of tourism.’’