Alan Boyle over at MSNBC’s Cosmic Log writes:
Space Adventures, the Virginia-based company that has worked with the Russians to send seven millionaires to the International Space Station, says it has reached “a unique agreement” with the Boeing Co. on space transportation services â€” and executives from both companies will be talking about the deal next week.
Today’s announcement, sent to me via e-mail, merely notes that a noontime news briefing will be conducted next Wednesday at Boeing’s offices in Arlington, Va. Speakers will include Brewster Shaw, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s space exploration division (and a former astronaut); as well as Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures.
No specifics are available, but the outlines of a deal are clear enough. Boeing is developing its 7-passenger CST-100 spacecraft to carry crews to and from the International Space Station and Bigelow Aerospace’s planned Sundancer facility. Space Adventures markets seats aboard Soyuz vehicles headed for ISS to wealthy space tourists. Thus, the companies will likely announce a joint marketing arrangement.
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