New Russian Suborbital Tourism Plan Looks Oddly Familiar

Suborbital tourism vehicle with flight plan. (Credit: CosmoCourse)
Suborbital tourism vehicle with flight plan. (Credit: CosmoCourse)

A new Russian company called CosmoCourse is planning to launch suborbital space tourism in four years using a plan that looks a lot like what Blue Origin’s New Shepard system. The specifics are:

  • Technology: fully reusable launch vehicle and spacecraft
  • Crew: 6 tourists + instructor
  • Ticket price: $200,000 to $250,000
  • Altitudes: 180 to 220 km
  • Cabin volume: 30 m 3
  • Weightless time: 5 to 6 minutes
  • Flight time: 15 minutes
  • First flight: 2020
  • Launch Site: Kapustin Yar

CosmoCourse is a company of Sk0lkovo, a high-tech business incubator located outside of Moscow that was created as Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley.