Thursday, 23 January, 2020


Russian Federation to offer tourists spacewalks on International Space Station

Russia To Launch Spacewalks For Tourists By 2019 Five to six tourists a year will be able to take a space trip lasting up to 10 days
Bennie Garza | 02 February, 2018, 23:43

The module would then transport the tourists to the International Space Station (ISS).

Vladimir Solntsev, CEO of Russian space company Energia, broke the news recently speaking to Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Energia targets to send tourists to space by 2019 and a ten day trip to space might cost a person nearly $100 million.

He gave a tentative launch date for 2019, adding that American aerospace giant Boeing expressed interest to become a partner. Keeping both luxury and logistics in minds, the module will include comfortable cabins, two toilets and internet access.

"Basically it will be comfortable, as much as that is possible in space", the space official was quoted as saying.

Once in space, tourists can go on a spacewalk, film footage and take photos as part of a trip lasting 10 days.

The spacewalkers will install an upgraded electronics box and jettison the old one, pushing it off into space, where it will eventually burn up in Earth's atmosphere, NASA officials wrote in the ISS blog. Seven millionaires have already been to the space station, with the first one being American multimillionaire Dennis Tito who flew in 2001.

While companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic have been making headlines for their endeavours in space tourism, Energia has a lot more experience.

Russian Federation sent Canadian founder of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, into space in 2009.

In December, it was revealed that the nation's space agency, Roscosmos, is reviewing plans for a five-star hotel onboard the space station. Tourists will be charged £30m ($57.8m) per person for a one to two week visit.

In total, 7 space tourists have made 8 space flights. Innovations like reusable rockets and new capsule designs mean that someday, a trip to space will be within the reach of those with more modest fortunes.

Currently, the launch of the module is planned for 2021.

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