The start of the tests of Russia’s first-ever reusable suborbital spacecraft for space tourism is scheduled for 2019-2020. The development of the project is conducted by KosmoKurs company (the project is funded by a private investor).
KosmoKurs CEO Pavel Pushkin said that a trip into space will cost about $200-250 thousand dollars. However, the price may change.
Tickets for space tours are to go on sale as early as in 2018.
“The spacecraft will be launched from a Russian cosmodrome. Space flights will be conducted at an altitude of Yuri Gagarin‘s flight,” Pushkin told RIA Novosti.
A candidate will be allowed to fly into space after all procedures related to the payment, three-day training and medical examination are complete accordingly. Up to six space travelers will be able to stay in space for 15 minutes (of which 5-6 minutes – under the condition of weightlessness).
Last year, Russian Rocket and Space Corporation (RSC) Energia announced a project to send a group of space travelers to the Moon. A ticket to the Moon currently costs about $120 million.
Noteworthy, the first short flight to the Moon is to be conducted on board the modernized Soyuz spaceship already in 2020.