Training Diary #2 – Stairs

In this one, our rookie is climbing the stairs at the Agency. A must for any astronaut.


Training Diary #1 – Rope Skipping

In the next days/weeks, we will post video diaries of E1000’s day to day training. Here is the first one, you’ll see our rookie doing rope skipping at the sunset.


First preview of our official space helmet

It took us lots of time to design our official space helmet. As a totally independant space agency, we didn’t want to do things the way the NASA does. After months of intensive research, I finally found out that E1000 doesn’t need a space helmet (as previously posted here). But we still need a helmet for our rookie who will meet E1000 later after the launch.

So our designers and I thought of a new shape of helmet,  that maximizes confort and offers all we need in terms of technology, from oxygen flow system to cutting-edge communication technology.

– Theodore Laruche, PhD. – Lead Engineer

Here’s a sneak preview of what could be the final draft, along with our designer.

Our team of professional trainers

We posted pictures of our professional team of trainers on a special dedicated page. We also posted a picture of our rookie.

More details, pictures and video coming soon…

Estimated launch time: Fall 2010

After months of research and training, we can say that we’re anticipating our official launch by Fall 2010, using a space shuttle like the one shown here. E1000 is now fully trained and we’re even thinking about sending other trainees out there. In the next weeks/months, we will post some training tips, for people like you, who would like to join the program or stay in shape the way our elephant does. Thanks for following!

– Theodore Laruche, PhD – Lead Engineer

Impact of sun rays on the elephant skin

The most astounding discovery about E1000 was the effects of the impact of the Sun rays on its pink fur. There seems to be a direct correlation between the elephant ability to breathe in space – a bit like a fish in water- and its contact with the gamma rays emitted by the Sun. Imagine, this extraordinary discovery will save us vast sums of money in the costly development of a huge helmet for the elephant head, allowing the freed money to be invested in our other space programs in dire needs of funding (since Congress bludgeoned our budget, last April, as we all know). We’ll keep testing and testing with our sun ray simulation lamp and we’ll keep you updated with details.

– Theodore Laruche, PhD – Lead Engineer

This is a replica of our giant sun ray simulation lamp

Words from lead engineer

I’m still trying to figure out a few things but we’re on the good way. In the last weeks I was doing research about body reactions to weightlessness. As we all know, the human body reacts to zero gravity by simulating a free fall sensation.

Elephants have a very different reaction to weightlessness. I still don’t know why, perhaps it’s all about their very thick skin, but they seem to have a certain control on gravity. Our domestic professionally  trained elephant E1000 achieved all the tests with great results and showed no sign of any kind of illness. But we experienced some strange reactions. Once put in the vacuum drop chamber, E1000 was able to reduce and expand the weight of his body, in order to jump from a fixed platform and then reduce the weight of his body to get back to a weightlessness position. This control on gravity could make the elephant the perfect animal to travel in space. In the next days I will try to figure the whole thing out to make sure that we’ll be ready for the launch, around october – november 2010.

– Theodore Laruche, PhD – Lead Engineer