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Russia: space tourism is coming soon?

Russia wants to offer space trips for four to six tourists against 100 million dollars (80 million euros).

“We are discussing the possibility of sending tourists on spacewalks,” Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space company Energia, told the Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

The company Energia which designs Progress spaceships and the Soyouz rockets sending them to the International Space Station (ISS), plans to send tourists to space.

Four to six people will be able to enjoy a stay of up to ten days, in a module momentarily named NEM-2, including “comfortable” cabins, two toilets and an Internet network.

Market studies have been conducted for the occasion and have shown that there are potential buyers. However, space tourism is still a developing sector dominated by the western companies, such as the American Virgin Galactic which unveiled its SpaceShipTwo suborbital aircraft in 2016 and ensures 650 registered clients for future expeditions.

Since 2001, six men and women have already paid between 20 and 40 million dollars (from 16 to 32 million euros) to go into space. But, none made a spacewalk.


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