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Father and Daughter Team Launching International Peace Star I
A huge balloon that will fly across the United States to draw attention
to world poverty, promote peace, and further their dream of launching
'The International Peace Star' into space
DETROIT, MI - Dec. 17, 2003 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Jon Maxey, and 17
year-old daughter Angela have conceived an ambitious strategy to promote
world peace, "The International Peace Star Project." The duo's goal:
launch a massive reflective balloon, dubbed "The International Peace
Star," into orbit, encouraging the world to look at the beauty that
surrounds us and to think about the importance of peace. "We share a
profound responsibility to the future that we often fail to fully
appreciate." Currently, over 800,000,000 people live in profound poverty
and an average of 24,000 die each day of starvation. Providing hope to
the hopeless is the path to peace.
The International Peace Star I
A 200-foot diameter helium balloon will be launched in February 2004
from Phoenix, Arizona. This balloon will be seen by millions during its
flight across the U.S.
The launch and design of the electronics package is being coordinated by
Mr. Bill Brown of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Mr. Brown is
contributing to the project in his free time. The massive balloon has
been donated by Raven Industries.
An impressive list of supporters have contributed over the past two years:
Many others have donated time and resources.
- U.S. Senator Carl Levin
- Mr. Richard Wagoner Jr., CEO General Motors
- Raven Industries Inc.
- U of M Aerospace Engineering
- BBK Studios
- Mr. William Brown
- Grosse Pointe Academy
- Mr. Don Piccard, Internationally recognized balloonist
The purpose of "Peace Star I" is to expose the more ambitious dream of
"The International Peace Star Project." The father-daughter team hope to
interest a Fortune 1000 company, foundation, or individual to sponsor
The International Peace Star Project consists of two main components:
The International Peace Star: A glimmering 140-foot beacon, launched
into space that will transcend race, nationality, and culture. "When
placed in near-equatorial orbit," says Jon, "the inflated sphere will
remain circling above the earth's surface as a constant reminder of our
shared dream of peace." The design, patterned after NASA's Echo project,
will utilize "off the shelf" technology. The cost of the inflatable
structure is approximately $600,000. They hope to "piggyback" this
payload into orbit on one of several commercial launch systems currently
The International Peace Superfund: An unprecedented effort to supply
resources to help people lift themselves from poverty through
self-sufficiency, education, and free market principles. Funding would
be gathered by redirecting a fraction of the defense budgets of the
world's developed countries. Beginning with the launch of the
International Peace Star, the two hope to inspire a worldwide movement
that creates a new synergy, enhancing our own defense by providing hope
and stability for millions.
The Maxeys are no strangers to raising awareness of social issues. In
1996, Angela earned an audience with President Bill Clinton in the Oval
Office to present a "Peace Bomb" which split open, showering photos of
Bosnian refugees. This demonstration was broadcast around the world from
the Roosevelt Room.
Jon Maxey, Jim Flickinger and Robert Hiner, co-founders of "Bright
Light," have delivered more than $6 million in aid to third world
nations. The trio personally delivered aid to hospitals and refugee
organizations. They never took a dime in salary, travel, or
administrative expenses for their efforts.
A free e-book about the International Peace Star Project and contact
information are available at: http://www.thepeacestar.org
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