Russian Space Chief Nixes Tourist Flights to ISS After 2009

Russia: No more space tourists after 2009
Associated Press


Russia won’t be sending tourists to the international space station after this year because of plans to double the size of the station’s crew, the chief of Russia’s space agency said in an interview published Wednesday.

Roscosmos chief Anatoly Anatoly Perminov told the government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta that U.S. software designer Charles Simonyi — who has already flown to the station — would be the last tourist when he blasts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in March.

“The crew of the space station, as you know, will be expanded this year to six members. Therefore there won’t be any possibility for making tourist flights to the station after 2009,” Perminov said in the interview posted on Roscosmos’ Web site.