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VANCOUVER, Sept. 16 -

, in association with Ingenuity Works Inc., says its will launch its PC-based Space Simulation Series called Liftoff on Sept. 19 at the H. R. MacMillan Space Centre International Space Station Trailer Exhibit in Vancouver.

The first product in a projected five-part series, Liftoff was developed with the assistance of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency, and is designed for both home and educational markets.

The simulation allows the player to imagine being in the commander's seat of the Space Shuttle. Every detail matches real-world NASA procedures and timelines, and contains astronaut-style training, a realistic shuttle simulation, a complete 3D tour of the shuttle and a history of space exploration, featuring Canada's major role.

Future products in the series are expected to feature innovative technologies (including a micro-gravity physics engine and "world-within-world" 3D), Artificial Intelligence and collaborative team-play concepts. It features comprehensive resource materials for teachers, based on Canadian and U.S. national standards for science and technology.

Vancouver-based ETI says its long-term goal is to incorporate elements of problem-solving and role-playing game simulations.

Available in both English and French, Liftoff will be sold at science centres, major software retailers and through Ingenuity Works e-commerce site. In the United States, it will be sold in association with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, and through NASA's visitor centres at its major sites: the Kennedy Space Center, Space Center Houston and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

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