Space Adventures, the only company that has provided human space mission opportunities to the world marketplace, announced an agreement with the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (FSA) and Rocket Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) to commercially offer three seats on the Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS), beginning in 2013.
The seats will be made available through the increase of Soyuz production, from four to five spacecraft per year.
Each flight will be approximately 10 days and will contribute to the increase of launch capacity to the ISS.
According to Eric Anderson, chairman of Space Adventures, “Since Guy Laliberté’s mission, there has been an increase of interest by private individuals, organizations and commercial entities seeking ways to access the space station.
We have been speaking with these parties about science, education and multi-media programs and hope to make some major announcements in the coming year.”
Space Adventures became known 10 years ago with the launch of Dennis Tito, the world’s first privately funded space explorer. Since then, the company has arranged seven additional missions to the ISS. “Cumulatively, our clients have spent almost three months in space, traveling over 36 million miles, and have been true ambassadors in sharing their experience and explaining to millions of people around the world why it’s important to explore space,” said Anderson.
It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the moon, zero-gravity flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecraft.
The company’s advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Tom Jones, Byron Lichtenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, and Skylab/Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott.
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