Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson discussed the future of space tourism as the company’s latest client, Guy Laliberte, arrived at the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz transport:
Anderson pointed out that it was not yet certain whether the shuttle fleet would actually be retired next year. And as a backup plan, Space Adventures is looking into alternate means of reaching the space station â€” for example, via the rocket delivery system currently being developed by California-based SpaceX.
In addition, Anderson said, “we’re talking to the Russians about additional Soyuz missions” that would be fully paid for privately.
For all these reasons, Anderson said he couldn’t yet predict how many space station flights would be available for future space passengers. “I guess the realistic answer is, we’re just going to have to wait and see,” he said.
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