Space Adventures, Inc., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, announced today a partnership with entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu to market Space Adventures’ diverse range of experiences in Japan.

“We have worked with Mr. Takamatsu over the last decade and as we continue our efforts to expand private spaceflight opportunities, we look forward to work closely with him and his newly formed Space Travel firm in providing these opportunities to the people of Japan,” said Tom Shelley, President of Space Adventures. “Mr. Takamatsu is a big space fan, but also a very successful businessman and brings his own unique experience as the only person to direct a television broadcast commercial onboard the International Space Station. I am looking forward to a very fruitful partnership.”

Space Adventures’ most popular offering is the orbital spaceflight program that includes a visit to the International Space Station. With having arranged over eight missions, Space Adventures’ customers have cumulatively spent over three months in space, traveling 36 million miles. The company recently announced famed soprano singer Sarah Brightman’s intention to launch to space, with her flight scheduled for 2015.

“Space Adventures is the clear leader in private spaceflight, and I am delighted to represent them,” said Satoshi Takamatsu, CEO of Space Travel. “There is a strong interest in private spaceflight in Japan and I look forward to helping arrange for the first Japanese private citizens to fly to space.”

In addition to orbital spaceflight missions, Space Travel will market Space Adventures’ Lunar flighy, a US$300 million program designed to take private citizens around the Moon, as well as microgravity flights, offered through Space Adventures’ subsidiary Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G). ZERO-G provides a unique weightless experience on a modified Boeing 727 for this purpose, and has already flown over 12,000 individuals, including several hundred teachers.

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Space Adventures, the company that organized the flights for the world’s first private space explorers, is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area, with an office in Moscow. It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the Moon, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecraft. The company’s orbital spaceflight clients include Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari, Charles Simonyi, Richard Garriott and Guy Laliberté.