Athens – The Hellenic Space Agency and the private Mediterranean Airlines conglomerate have announced a Joint Effort to bring civilian space travel to reality and make it affordable. The new companies, Olympic Space and Olympic Ship Yards, will benefit from Hellenic Space Agency and Hellenic Space Force technological innovations while using the existing Mediterranean Airlines and expertise in establishing high capacity civilian travel. The two companies would be the first of their kind in the world and due to its semi-private nature also cater to other countries.
From the Hellenic Space Agency, drive technologies and ship designs will be made available for new civilian designs to be produced by Olympic Ship Yards for use by Olympic Space and other companies. “The cooperation with the Hellenic Space Agency gives us access to classified technology and the expertise unmatched in the civilian sector. While Meditteranean Airlines was planning an expansion into civilian space travel, this cooperation pushes forward our efforts by decades.” Christakis Papadopoulos, CEO of Meditteranean Airlines, stated at the press conference following the announcement.
Mediterranean Airlines meanwhile has decades of expertise in civilian air travel as well as a global network of connections, cooperative efforts and hubs to offer. Mediterranean Airlines has also committed to the construction and conversion of multiple factories to produce spaceplanes and parts for the larger space ships which will be assembled at Aether Ship Yards in space. “Hellenic Space Agency is fundamentally a scientific and exploratory organization. The increasing strain of organizing civilian space travel was deviating the Agency from its core mission and the private sector is fundamentally better able to truly market these efforts. Our cooperation with Mediterranean Airlines will make sure that the project is a success while our equal stake will guarantee that profits go back to space innovations and eventually the Imperial coffers.” Chrysotomos Katsaros, the HSA’s Director of Public Affairs stated at the same press conference.
The plans currently provide for three designs. Two spaceplanes and one space ship.
The first of these two spaceplane designs is the Olympic SP100, it can carry 160 passengers in a 2-class setup and can take off from and land at all major airports that the Airbus A320neo can. It can also dock at any station using the International Standard Docking Mechanism. Foreign buyers could have modifications made for compatibility with other docking systems. In the atmosphere the plane can reach a maximum speed of mach 20. Its primary purpose will be to take passengers from surface airports to stations in or near Earth orbit. Initially it will take off from Heraklion Space Ports, Athens International Airport, Byzantion International Airport and Damascus International Airport. This will be expanded over time to cover all international Athenian airports. Olympic Space has announced it will order fifty of the SP100s.
The second is the Olympic SP150, it can carry 100 passengers in a 1-class setup and will also be available in an executive variant for business use. It is slightly slower than the SP100 in the atmosphere with a maximum speed of mach 16 but this will still make it the second fastest passenger airplane in the world. It can take off from and land at most airports in the world and will also use the International Standard Docking Mechanism with the option to modify this for docking at space facilities. Olympic Space has ordered one hundred of the SP150s and the Hellenic Air Force has also announced it will order three SP150s in an exclusive government variant to serve as the Imperial Space Jet as well as two back-ups for the Empress.
Finally there is the Olympic S1000 “Artemis” which is used as the image of this article. The Artemis is equipped with a Tesla Drive as well as a secondary back-up Ion thruster system and can carry up to 600 passengers in a three-class sytem. The Artemis in many ways is a bridge between airplanes such as the Airbus A380 and cruiseships, featuring full restaurants, casinos and even a swimming pool among many other luxuries. It will be used both for transport between Earth, Luna and Mars as well as any future Athenian facilities and as a space cruise ship for multi-month travel throughout the system. Just like the spaceplanes it is available globally. Olympic Space has ordered ten of these vessels while the Hellenic Space Force has announced a single one to serve as the Imperial space ship.