If you have very deep pockets and an adventurous spirit, the Russian space agency has a vacation idea.
Glavkosmos, Marketing and International Management Division of the Federal Space Agency of Russia Roscosmos, invites people to consider buying a trip to International space station (ISS) aboard the Soyuz spacecraft.
“If you are tired of isolation and closed interstate borders, we think we know how to organize an unforgettable journey for you: fly with us into space!” Glavkosmos officials said via Twitter on Tuesday (June 8).
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This tweet contained a link to information page on commercial flights to the ISS. “Do you dream of space travel and admire the universe? Today, Glavkosmos can make your dream come true, ”reads the text at the top of the page.
“Potential customers of commercial human space flights can now easily get information from the primary source on how their flight to the International Space Station will be organized,” – Dmitry Loskutov, General Director of Glavkosmos. said in a statement…
“Potential commercial participants in space flights will find out on which spaceships and rockets they will go on a space journey, what tasks will be solved during pre-flight preparation, [and] what they can do while in space, – said Loskutov. “And most importantly, they can easily contact our managers through our website, get feedback and additional information.”
Prices are not specified; potential clients are advised to contact Glavkosmos “for more detailed and specific information”.
Tourists went to the space station aboard Soyuz ships before: seven people made eight such trips from 2001 to 2009 (Charles Simonyi traveled twice). But all of these trips were organized through Space Adventures from Virginia, whereas Glavkosmos now appears to be directly attracting potential customers.
However, this does not mean that Space Adventures left the Soyuz cycle. For example, the company is organizing the flight of the Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who launch to the station aboard the Soyuz in December this year, together with video producer Yozo Hirano and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin.
Maezawa’s flight follows another Soyuz mission involving two individuals. In October, actor Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko will go to the ISS on the Soyuz spacecraft under the command of cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. Peresild and Shipenko are planning parts of the film Tentatively called “Call” on board the station, a project by Roscosmos and two other Russian companies – Channel One and the Yellow, Black and White studios.
Actor Tom Cruise and director Doug Lyman can travel to the orbiting lab around the same time to make your own film… The duo will apparently fly aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, although a launch date has yet to be announced.
Such travel is part of the ongoing commercialization of manned space travel in low-earth orbit. For example, in September, Crew Dragon will deliver four individuals into orbit on a mission called Inspiration4… The spacecraft will not connect to the ISS; it will independently orbit the Earth for three days, and then splash down.
And the Houston company Axiom Space ordered four Crew Dragon flights to the ISS, each of which will transport paid customers along with a veteran cosmonaut commander. The first of these flights will start no earlier than January 2022.
Mike Wall is the author of “There“(Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book on the quest for alien life. Follow it on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.