KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 20 (Bernama) -- Astronaut Capt Winston Scott will be in Malaysia from Feb 27 to March 2 as part of the 'Opportunity Malaysia 2005' Florida trade mission comprising some 30 high profile entrepreneurs from 24 US companies.
Scott will be accompanied by chairman of the Florida Space Authority (FSA) Board of Supervisors, Ken Haiko, said Bernhard Schutte, chief executive officer of Digital Media Network Inc (DMNI) in a statement through his Kuala Lumpur-based company, Electronic Business Management Sdn Bhd (EBM), today.
DMNI, EBM and the Commercial Service of the US embassy here are the organisers of the trade mission, the largest trade mission from Florida to Malaysia.
Now the executive director of FSA, Scott has logged a total of 24 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes in space, including three spacewalks totalling 19 hours and 26 minutes.
"Capt Scott is known for having retrieved a multimillion dollar satellite that was lost in space," said Schutte of the astronaut who will also meet some 200 children at the National Planetarium on March 1 before fying to Penang.
While in Malaysia, Scott is seeking partnerships and joint ventures in the space industry, space education, space transportation and space tourism.
"He believes that Malaysia can become the hub of the Southeast Asian region for future space travel," added Schutte.
Scott will also meet Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Shafie Salleh; Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Jamaludin Jarjis; and National Space Agency Director General Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman.