MOSCOW: Russia‘s Energia house company mentioned Thursday it’ll take the primary vacationer on an area stroll in 2023, underneath the phrases of a brand new contract with a US companion.
Energia has inked a contract with Area Adventures, which guarantees to take two house vacationers to the Worldwide Area Station that 12 months.
“We plan that one of many individuals of the expedition will do an area stroll from the Russian phase, along with knowledgeable Russian cosmonaut,” mentioned Energia, which is a part of Russia’s house company Roscosmos.
The announcement comes days after NASA signed a take care of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic house tourism firm to advertise personal missions to the station after a particular coaching program within the US.
It additionally follows the primary profitable mission by Elon Musk‘s SpaceX final month to carry astronauts to the station on a reusable Crew Dragon spacecraft, ending almost a decade of Russia holding a monopoly on shuttling people to orbit.
SpaceX in March introduced its personal house tourism journey for 3 individuals subsequent 12 months, on board of the Crew Dragon.
On its web site, Area Adventures already advertises the house stroll as a “uncommon and exhilarating expertise,” out there solely by means of the Russian programme.
“In the event you select to fly to house on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, you might have the chance to… conduct a spacewalk, accompanied by knowledgeable cosmonaut,” it says.
The corporate along with the Russian company beforehand took eight vacationers to the ISS between 2001 and 2009.