Russian Tourist Wins Ticket to Space as Armadillo Sets 2012 Launch Date

U.S. suborbital spaceship signs up Russian space tourist
RIA Novosti

The U.S. Armadillo Aerospace company, which is developing the suborbital spaceship for space tourist flights, announced on Monday that a Russian has become its first confirmed passenger.

St. Petersburg resident Evgeny Kovalev won his ticket to the cosmos in a contest organized by Efes brewery.

“We plan to hold the first manned flight in 2012,” Russia’s representative for the firm Space Adventures Sergei Kostenko said. “Before sending the first tourist, we will have to conduct another five-six more test flights.”

Currently, there are some 200 applicants for the flights, which will cost around $100,000 a head, Kostenko said.

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