Russia to begin offering spacewalks for visitors

Russia is intending to send paying sightseers on the International Space Station out on spacewalks out of the blue, an authority from the nation’s space industry said Thursday.

“We are examining the likelihood of sending sightseers on spacewalks,” Vladimir Solntsev, the head of Russian space organization Energia, revealed to Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

“Market investigators have affirmed this: well off individuals are prepared to pay cash for this,” Solntsev told the paper.

He said the cost of such an outing could be around $100 million (80 million euros), “perhaps less for the primary visitor”.

The travelers will have the capacity to “go out on a spacewalk and make a film, (or) a video cut”.

Energia, which was behind the dispatch of the main man in space Yuri Gagarin in 1961, is as of now constructing another module named NEM-2 to transport visitors to the International Space Station (ISS).

Solntsev said the NEM-2, the name of which is still to be affirmed, will oblige four to six individuals. It will be fitted with “agreeable” lodges, two toilets and web get to.

“It ought to be propelled in 2019,” he said.

“Essentially it will be agreeable, as much as that is conceivable in space,” the space official was cited as saying.

He included that American airplane maker Boeing was keen on turning into an accomplice in the task.

Five to six travelers a year will have the capacity to consume a room trip enduring up to 10 days, Solntsev said.

Space tourism is a creating area at present ruled by Western organizations, for example, the US-based Virgin Galactic, which divulged its business SpaceShipTwo in 2016.

Russia sent Canadian author of the Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberte, into space in 2009. The very rich person burned through two weeks on the ISS.

Iranian-American business visionary Anousheh Ansari turned into the principal female space visitor in 2006.