Space Adventures, a US space tourism company, has booked two passenger seats on a Russian Soyuz capsule headed to the International Space Station in 2023, and one of those tourists will take part in a spacewalk. The two space tourists will be able to enjoy a 14-day stay at space station, but the highlight of the mission is that one of the participants will have the opportunity to perform a spacewalk!
Energia will prepare and carry the tourists to the Russian sector of the ISS on a Soyuz MS spacecraft under an agreement signed between the firm and the US' Space Adventures Inc., Energia's press service said in a statement on its official website.
The selected participant will be required to complete specialized training and various simulations in preparation for the spacewalk attempt.
"A private citizen completing a spacewalk would be another huge step forward in private spaceflight", according to Eric Anderson, CEO of D.C. -based Space Adventures, which offers zero-gravity atmospheric flights, orbital space flights, and other cosmic experiences.
To fly the tourists, Roscosmos is working with USA company Space Adventures, which arranges spaceflights for wealthy customers. Space tourists were: "Dennis Tito (USA, 2001), Mark Shuttleworth (UK, 2002), Greg Olsen (USA, 2006), Anousheh Ansari (USA, 2006), Richard Garriott (USA, 2008), Charles Simoni (USA, 2007, 2009) and Guy Laliberte (Canada, 2009)", it said. After which, the Roscosmos State Corporation, along with RSC Energia, launched seven space tourists aboard its Soyuz spacecraft under contracts with Space Adventures for eight short commercial missions between 2001 and 2009. When NASA's Space Shuttle retired in 2011, the Soyuz became the only means of getting people to the ISS, so priority was given to NASA astronauts and worldwide partners involved in the global Space Station program.
Russia's space agency plans to send a tourist will go on the first-ever commercial spacewalk as it braces for a loss of income after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk broke its monopoly on human flights to the International Space Station.
SpaceX is also competing with Roscosmos for space tourism business.