by Douglas Messier
Glavkosmos is offering space tourists the option of performing spacewalks from the International Space Station (ISS) and stays of up to 30 days aboard the orbital laboratory. They can even purchase the Soyuz space capsule that took them to and from the station.
The company, which is part of Roscosmos, recently upgraded its website to provide details of what paying customers can do when they book a trip to the station. The information is available in Russian and English.
“Potential customers of commercial manned space flights can now easily get information from the primary source on how their flight to the International Space Station will be organized,” said Glavkosmos General Director Dmitry Loskutov. “Future commercial participants in space flights will be able to understand in which spacecraft and rocket they will go on space travel, what tasks will be solved in the process of their pre-flight preparation, what they will be able to do during their stay in space. And the most important thing is that on the site they can easily contact our managers, get feedback and additional information.”
The basic program includes a medical examination, training at Star City in Russia, a flight to and from ISS, and post-flight rehabilitiation.
Optional activities include the aforementioned spacewalk, extended 30-day stay and capsule purchase. Other optional activities include the development of a scientific program to execute during the flight and the creation of special space food.
The only thing the website doesn’t include is what Glavkosmos is charging for trips to ISS. The final price tag is undoubtedly in the tens of millions of dollars.
Private space missions have been multiplying like rabbits this year. In September, a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will carry four spaceflight participants on a three-day Earth orbit flight that will not dock with the station. Shift4 Payments founder and CEO Jared Isaacman will command the mission. He will be joined by Hayley Arceneaux, Christopher Sembroski and Dr. Sian Proctor for a three-day stay in orbit.
In October, Russia will send an actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko to ISS to film scenes for a motion picture named “Challenge.” Russia will follow that up in December by sending Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and his production assistant Yozo Hirano to the station.
Axiom’s Ax-1 mission will send four people to the space station in January 2022 aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon. The mission will be led by former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria. His crewmates will include American entrepreneur Larry Connor (pilot), Canadian investor and philanthropist Mark Pathy (mission specialist), and former Israeli Air Force pilot Eytan Stibbe (mission specialist).
Axiom Space recently signed a deal with SpaceX for three additional missions to the space station through 2023.
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