1383VS: Update on Christer Fuglesang in Space!
- Dec 12, 2006-----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
[mailto:OverallDiscLink@yahoogroups.com] På vegne af Daniel Roddick
Sendt: 11. december 2006 20:22
Emne: [OverallDiscLink] Update on Christer Fuglesang in Space!
From Peter Lundmark of SFF:
Check this in Aftonbladet which is one of major newspapers:
http://www.aftonbladet.se/ if you scroll down a bit on this site you´ll come
to RYMDEXTRA and therer is a picture of Christer from 1978.
http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,951802,00.html and this
is the link to where Aftonbladet tells the story about the event in the
space when Christer will try to break the record.
And here is the release that we´ve sent to the media in Sweden so far.
European Space Agency to host flying disc competition in space
On Friday, December 15th, the European Space Agency is the host of a unique
event. Supported by the World Flying Disc Federation, the Swedish Frisbee
Federation are proud to sanction this unprecedented event. Christer
astronaut on the Space Shuttle Discovery Mission STS-116, will attempt to
break the world
record in the flying disc sporting discipline MTA, Maximum Time Aloft.
The competition will start at seven minutes past seven GMT in the evening of
December 15th, 2006. We believe that this is the first ever sanctioned
sports event that
takes place in space.
The rules of MTA are simple: A player shall attempt to throw the disc in
such a fashion
that the disc remains airborne for as long as possible, before catching the
The timing of the flight of the throw shall be measured from the instant of
the instant the disc is initially touched in the catching attempt.
In this specific competition, Christer is free to waive the recommendation
in the rules that
an additional disc be available in the event a disc is lost or becomes
unsuitable for use.
The MTA world record stands at an impressive 16.72 seconds and was set by
(USA), on 5/26/84, in Philadelphia, PA. The sanction for the attempt to
break it was
formally announced by the Swedish Frisbee Sport Federation on December 10th,
Competition supervisors are Helen Page, European Space Agency, and Jonas
Södertörns Frisbee Klubb, Sweden.
Astronauts on the shuttle:
The World Flying Disc Federation
The main aims of the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) are to encourage
the spirit of flying disc play where as partners rather than opponents we
the limits of our own abilities rather than each other, to encourage disc
the world and to establish and uphold a tournament standard for all flying
In addition to Field events, of which MTA is one discipline, WFDF is
responsible for hosting
World Championships and developing the Rules of the Game for the following
sports: Ultimate, Disc golf, Freestyle, Guts and Double Disc Court. WFDF has
associations in 46 countries. WFDF is a full member of both GAISF (General
International Sports Federations) and IWGA (International World Games
is also a signatory to the Wold Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.
Anne-Marie Carey, Executive Director
Phone Int +1 (604) 876-9280
Phone Int +46 70 996 996 2
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