There is an impressive list of very ambitious projects regarding space travel in the future. However, it seems that Russia wants to stay one step ahead and it’s planning to send tourists to the International Space Station. According to what Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space company Energia, said in Thursday, the country explores the possibility of having tourists pay for spacewalks, in the near future. He also revealed that market analysists are now convinced that wealthy people are more than willing to pay large sums of money for this.
It seems that the price for such a journey would be up there. Only some very wealthy people might be able to pay for it. Solntsev says that this trip to the International Space Station could cost about $100 million or 80 million if we talk about euros. However, the agency might offer a discount to the very first tourists willing to travel into space. It appears that these tourists will also be allowed to take clips or make movies about their unusual trip. After all, it’s about promoting this type of holiday that will surely not be accessible for everyone.
Spending your holiday on the International Space Station
It’s worth mentioning that the space agency Energia was the one responsible with sending the first man space. That was Yuri Gagarin, back in 1961. Currently, it seems that the company is building a module called NEM-2. This will have the task of transporting tourists into space.
According to Solntsev, this module should be able to carry four to six people on its journey to the International Space Station. Inside there will be some very comfortable cabins, along with toilets and even internet access. The plan is to launch it in 2019. This trip will take place once per year and the journey should last up to 10 days.
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