Near-Space Company zero2infinity Receives Award of Distinction
LONDON, U.K. — Quiet Mark, a trading arm of the charitable foundation Noise Abatement Society, has presented Spanish company zero2infinity with its special Award of Distinction at the NAS John Connell Awards 2012. Josep Maria Lladó, founder of Ultramagic Balloons and investor in zero2infinity, received the accolade for the company’s work to bring quiet and environmentally friendly near-space travel to the mass market.
Poppy Elliott, Managing Director of Quiet Mark, commented: “zero2infinity is a company offering something completely unique, a chance to touch space without the use of explosive rockets, or powered aircraft which can have a negative environmental affect both in terms of noise pollution and gas emissions. They were the obvious choice for our Quiet Mark Award of Distinction this year, which recognises true technological and environmental innovation of this kind.”
The John Connell Awards, held annually at The House of Commons, were established 11 years ago to recognise John Connell’s extensive lobbying of the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. The awards recognise Local Authorities, Commercial organisations and individuals judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to both reduce the impact of noise nuisance, and to seek to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise pollution.
José Mariano López Urdiales, founder and CEO of zero2infinity, added: “We are making incredible progress with our vision to make space tourism a reality and plan to start commercial operations before 2015. We will offer a truly out-of-this-world experience, which will change people’s perspective on the planet forever and, we believe, help more people understand the need to protect our planet’s fragile ecosystem. We’re really pleased to be recognised by Quiet Mark with this award, and will continue to push forward the boundaries of peaceful space flight.”
You can find zero2infinity on the Quiet Mark webpage here: http://www.quietmark.com/supporters/zero2infinity/