May 7, 2011

Space Adventures Adding Extra Seat To Soyuz

Space Adventures announced on Thursday that it will add another seat to a Soyuz spacecraft, which will take space tourists into orbit by 2015.

The company said it will be adding a second habitation module to the Soyuz TMA lunar complex.

"Space Adventures will once again grace the pages of aerospace history, when the first private circumlunar mission launches. We have sold one of the two seats for this flight and anticipate that the launch will occur in 2015," Richard Garriott, vice chairman of Space Adventures, said in a statement.

"Having flown on the Soyuz, I can attest to how comfortable the spacecraft is, but the addition of the second habitation module will only make the flight that more enjoyable."

Space Adventures has flown seven spaceflight participants on eight missions to the International Space Station (ISS). 

The company also said in a press release on Thursday that by 2020, about 140 more private individuals will have launched to orbital space.  Destinations for those individuals will include the ISS, commercial space stations and orbital free-flys.

"The next 10 years will be critical for the commercial spaceflight industry with new vehicles and destinations coming online," Eric Anderson, chairman of Space Adventures, said in a statement.

Space Adventures is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia and has an office in Moscow, Russia. 

The company's advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Tom Jones, Byron Litchenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, and Skylab/Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriot.


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