John P. Del Favero, President of the Advisory Board for the Undersea Hotel Project of the Cala Corporation announced today that he has recruited Maxwell W. Hunter to serve as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Cala Corporation's Undersea Hotel Project.
Hunter's initial objective will be ``to guide the recruiting efforts to build a team of world-class experts from various engineering and scientific disciplines for service on the Advisory Board.''
When asked why the world's leading rocket designer and space engineer would join an undersea hotel and resort project as he nears his retirement years, Hunter said: ``I spent four decades cultivating project development money from U.S. Presidents and the Congress in order to build advanced space systems designed to protect our American way of life and to explore the vast ocean of space.
``At this stage in my life -- and the state of the world -- I am quite content to assume a leadership role in an international, pro-environment, marine-tourism project that can spread the word about the beauty of earth's oceans and allow tourists to enjoy the exploration of marine life in a fascinating new way.''
Maxwell W. Hunter spent over four decades in the aerospace industry, during which he was a Presidential Advisor on U.S. National Space Policy and the recipient of a NASA Public Service medal for ``the definition and promotion of the Space Shuttle and its utilization.''
During two decades of work at Douglas Aircraft Company, as Chief Missiles Design Engineer and, later, Chief Engineer of Space Systems, he was responsible for the design of the Thor and Nike-Zeus rockets, as well as the engineering of all Douglas space efforts, including the highly reliable Delta launch vehicle and the Saturn S-IV stage of the Apollo moon rocket program.
Hunter later spent more than two decades working for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, where he was the program manager of the Hubble Space Telescope during the creation of the design. In the early 1990's, Hunter was instrumental in convincing the White House and Congress to finance the development of an operational prototype of the world's first fully reusable rocket, the DC-X, which was successfully flown a dozen times at White Sands, New Mexico, by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation.
Hunter briefly commented on the economic prospects of the Cala Corporation Undersea Hotel Project. ``Adventure tourism and eco-tourism are emerging growth areas on the leading edge of the global tourism industry. This type of marine tourism experience combines the best of both of these fast-growing tourism markets. This is a savvy business move by a proven businessman with experience in developing and profitably operating five-star hotel and resort properties in Europe, America, and the Pacific Rim, Mr. Joseph Cala.''
Hunter's legendary design philosophy of elegant simplicity came through in his comments on the engineering challenges faced by this advanced marine tourism project: ``There are intriguing parallels between engineering orbital life support structures and an undersea resort complex. Both involve designing habitats for securely sustaining human life in a sealed pressure environment. In both cases, one needs to design prefabricated components that need to be transported to the local environment and then modularly connected in a pressure medium that requires maximum safety measures during construction.
``These operating habitats also require dynamic station-keeping mechanisms to maintain the location and equilibrium of the structures in the face of gravitational and dynamic external forces. Lastly, in both marine and space habitats, it is imperative to build-in redundancy and operational safety in all vital structural and life support systems.''
Hunter added: ``What I bring to the Cala Undersea Hotel Project is good ol' fashioned American ingenuity and the cold-blooded engineering rationality that a project with this type of risk-reward ratio requires. I'm confident that the Advisory Board we build can effectively counsel the designers, engineers, and contractors on this project to foresee and work around the inevitable trouble spots of such a novel project.
``The synergy created by having an optimal mixture of world-class marine and space engineers from various disciplines will provide tremendous guidance to this project.''
Hunter concluded with some thoughts on the role of the Undersea Hotel Project Advisory Board: ``Our prime objective will be to produce a futuristic tourism experience that will ensure the safety and pleasure of both our human and marine visitors as well as a uniquely profitable investment experience for Cala Corporation's shareholders.''
Hunter graduated with an A.B. degree in Physics and Mathematics from Washington and Jefferson College and an M.S. degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
He is Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Astronautical Society, and British Interplanetary Society. He is also a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and an honorary member of the Japanese Rocket Society.
He also received the Werhner von Braun Memorial Award of the National Space Society for ``lifelong contributions to the fields of rockets, missiles and spaceflight.'' He has authored over five dozen technical papers, including ``Are Technological Upheavals Inevitable?,'' published in the Harvard Business Review, and a rocket propulsion textbook titled ``Thrust Into Space.''
About Cala Corporation
Cala Corporation is an expanding global hospitality company headquartered in San Francisco/Silicon Valley with offices in Oklahoma City. For more information about the Cala Corporation, visit http://www.calacorporation.com or call 405/235-4960.
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