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Offline Star One

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Russia Ready To Send Tourists Into Space
« on: 06/21/2017 04:51 PM »
Sounds like they want to bring this in house so to speak rather than use outside entities like Space Adventures.

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The first commercial launch of a Soyuz carrier rocket will be carried out by Glavkosmos Launch Services, a new space launch operator, in 2019, Company CEO Alexander Serkin said at the Le Bourget international aerospace show on Tuesday.
"The first launch, the first mission, on which we are now beginning work, is planned for 2019," the chief executive said.
Glavkosmos CEO Denis Lyskov said that an agreement on the space launch had been prepared and would be announced shortly.
"Preparatory work is underway but we expect to announce the signing of the contract before the MAKS airshow," he said.
The contract may be signed at the Russian airshow "but this will depend on the customer," Lyskov said.


More:
http://tass.com/science/952384

And related to the above.

Soyuz spacecraft to become space taxi in future, Russian company says

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LE BOURGET, June 21. /TASS/. The Soyuz spacecraft will be used as a space taxi for tourists after the new-generation Federation (Federatsiya) spacecraft becomes operational, CEO of the Energiya space rocket corporation, Vladimir Solntsev, said.
"I think that the Soyuz has the right to continue its life. As long as there exists a space tourism market and this spacecraft enjoys confidence, this all should be used as essential components," the CEO said.

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Energiya is also considering the possibility to upgrade the Soyuz for circumlunar missions. "If we manage to do it faster, we will have a chance to perfect important systems on it, that will be further used on the Federation," Solntsev noted.

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http://tass.com/science/952535
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Re: Russia Ready To Send Tourists Into Space
« Reply #1 on: 07/19/2017 03:16 PM »
I wonder if this announcement is connected to the earlier Glavkosmos comment, posted above?

https://sputniknews.com/society/201707181055650450-tourists-asia-iss-travel/

This deal seems to involve Space Adventures, whilst the announcement above, seemed to suggested that the Russians were about to begin doing this business 'in house'.

The Asian customer seems likely to be Satoshi Takamatsu, who trained with Sarah Brightman in 2015, especially as the article mentions that he has already started training.

Whatever the relationships between the various parties, this looks likely to be the first dedicated 'Commercial Soyuz' with a Russian Commander and two commercial passengers.

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Re: Russia Ready To Send Tourists Into Space
« Reply #2 on: 07/21/2017 11:15 AM »
This article covers the ISS tourist news , but also covers the potential circumlunar tourist flight:
https://sputniknews.com/society/201707181055650450-tourists-asia-iss-travel/

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A preliminary contract on a tourist flight around the Moon has already been signed by a foreign company, but investments are still needed to prepare the Soyuz spacecraft for the journey, Vladimir Solntsev added.

"We have already signed a preliminary contractů Another issue is that we need to integrate economic and technical issues. I think it will be difficult to raise this issue without a suitable investor," Solntsev told reporters on the sidelines of the 13th International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2017.

Solntsev stressed that the investments were needed to modernize the Soyuz spacecraft to make it ready for Lunar orbit.

"The Soyuz spacecraft, which flies to the International Space Station [ISS] and Soyuz, which must fly to the Moon are different. This includes another refueling systems and distant radio communication systems, as well as the return at the second space speed," Solntsev said.

RSC Energia has been cooperating with the US-based Space Adventures space tourism company to secure potential clients wishing to fly around the Moon. Space Adventures reportedly priced the Moon trip at $150 million, with the launch itself likely to take place by 2020. The company has so far sent seven tourists to the ISS since 2001, with the tickets ranging from $25-$35 million. Energia has also been in contact with other partners in the United States, according to Solntsev.


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Re: Russia Ready To Send Tourists Into Space
« Reply #3 on: 07/25/2017 04:48 AM »
Energia performed a feasibility study of lunar flyby in 2006  based on double launch of Soyuz-L and Block DM architecture, but nothing happened since that time (apart of increasing volume of  the habitation module attached to Block DM).   
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Re: Russia Ready To Send Tourists Into Space
« Reply #4 on: 07/25/2017 05:06 AM »
Energia performed a feasibility study of lunar flyby in 2006  based on double launch of Soyuz-L and Block DM architecture, but nothing happened since that time (apart of increasing volume of  the habitation module attached to Block DM).   
and an update of Blok-DM version to latest architecture, but yeah really no change.

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Re: Russia Ready To Send Tourists Into Space
« Reply #5 on: 09/11/2017 12:39 PM »
Another vague report, quoting a high ranking official, suggesting the resumption of commercial astronaut Soyuz flights from 2019.

http://tass.com/science/964484

Hopefully, no smoke without fire, and something a bit more concrete will be revealed soon.

 

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