The Space Foundation announced today that it has officially recognized the SpaceStationSim ™ video game from Vision Videogames, LLC, as a Certified Space Imagination Product. This certification, part of the Space Foundation’s Space Certification Program, recognizes superior entertainment products used to increase interest in and excitement for space.
“We feel very privileged to copublish such a unique and realistic game as SpaceStationSim,” said Paul Lombardi, chief executive officer of Enlight Interactive, USA. “In more than twenty years of developing and publishing state-of-the-art simulation games, rarely have we been so excited about a title.”
SpaceStationSim is Vision Videogames’ first PC-based video game and is a true 3-D construction SIM that encourages players to engage their imagination and build thousands of different configurations of the International Space Station (ISS) using dozens of modules and stylized components from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its four exploration partners, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), European Space Agency (ESA), Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Russian Space Agency (RSA).
“The Space Foundation is pleased to certify Vision Videogames,” said Kevin Cook, director of Space Technology Awareness for the Space Foundation. “SpaceStationSim really engages the player, integrating the science and psychology of life in space and creating a sense of ownership in the worldwide effort to explore space and improve life on Earth.”
In addition to creating a unique ISS, the player of SpaceStationSim, in the roll of the Administrator of NASA, creates astronaut crewmembers to live and work aboard. The astronauts have unique needs, abilities and personalities, and the player manages their activities and personal relationships. Astronauts face mission critical situations, including fires and equipment breakdowns, while conducting micro gravity experiments and dealing with space tourists shipped aboard by the Russians. Through strategy, design, management, discovery, and care of the crew, the player’s ISS may usher in the dawn of a new age for man in space.
SpaceStationSim also is the first space station game developed in collaboration with NASA via a NASA Space Act Agreement. For more information and an online demo, visit www.spacestationsim.com
About the Space Certification Program
Since the dawn of the space era, the world’s best engineers at NASA and other space agencies have been developing advanced technologies that fuel space exploration and also result in a number of applications that improve life on Earth. The Space Certification Program, managed by the Space Foundation in cooperation with NASA, provides official recognition for qualified products and services incorporating those space technologies. For more information, visit www.SpaceConnection.org
About Vision Videogames, LLC
Vision Videogames, LLC, is a self-funded company based in Joppa, Md., with the mission to create exciting, high quality video games where the player benefits in a tangible way by playing. Using real-world knowledge in game scenarios, the player resolves conflicts and earns higher scores. This unique perspective is called Stealth Training. For more information visit www.vision-play.com
About Enlight Software
Enlight is one of the world’s leading developers of entertainment software and is copublisher of SpaceStationSim. The company was founded in 1993 with a goal of creating games that are not only entertaining, but of equal importance, enlightening. In 2003, Enlight made its entry into the publishing arena, establishing Enlight Interactive, Inc., as the U.S. publishing arm of the Enlight group as well as consolidating strategic partnerships with distributors all over the world. For more information, visit www.enlight.com
About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and inspires, enables, and propels tomorrow’s explorers. The Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation’s signature event, the National Space Symposium, is scheduled for April 9-12, 2007, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation also conducts Strategic Space and Defense, Oct. 9-11, 2007, in Omaha, Neb. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org