Space Adventures has reached an agreement with
the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (FSA) and
Rocket Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) to commercially
offer three seats on the Soyuz spacecraft bound for the
International Space Station (ISS), beginning in 2013.
The seats will be made available through the
increase of Soyuz production, from four to five spacecraft per
year. Each flight will be short duration, approximately 10 days,
and will contribute to the increase of launch capacity to the ISS.
Eric Anderson, Chairman
of Space Adventures, said, “Since
Guy Laliberté’s mission, there has
been an increase of interest by private individuals, organizations
and commercial entities seeking ways to access the space station.
We have been speaking with these parties about science, education
and multi-media programs and hope to make some major announcements
in the coming year.”
Space Adventures became
world-renowned 10 years ago with the launch of Dennis Tito, the
world’s first privately-funded space explorer. Since then, the
company has arranged seven additional missions to the ISS.
“Cumulatively, our clients have spent almost three months in
space, traveling over 36 million miles, and have been true
ambassadors in sharing their experience and explaining to millions
of people around the world why it’s important to explore space,”
added Mr. Anderson.
Alexei Krasnov, Director of Human Spaceflight of
FSA, said, “We are very pleased to continue space tourism with
Space Adventures. Also, the addition of a fifth Soyuz spacecraft
to the current manifest will add flexibility and redundancy to our
ISS transportation capabilities. We welcome the opportunity to
increase our efforts to meet the public demand for access to
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