Space Adventures: Chartered Orbital Flights to Begin in 2012

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft in orbit
A Russian Soyuz spacecraft in orbit

Space Adventures says ready to send 2 tourists on each space trip
RIA Novosti

The U.S. firm Space Adventures said on Friday it will be able to send two space tourists into orbit on Soyuz spacecraft from 2012 onwards.

Space Adventures has been authorized by the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos to select and contract candidates for space tourist trips.

“We have been working on this project for a number of years. Each Soyuz will carry two tourists and a professional astronaut. One of the tourists will have to pass a year-and-a-half training course as a flight engineer,” said Sergey Kostenko, the head of the company’s office in Russia.

The official said Russia’s RSC Energia corporation has the capacity to build five Soyuz spacecraft per year instead of four, meaning that Space Adventures will be able to use at least one Soyuz for space tourism purposes.

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