Russia studying dedicated space tourism missions using its Soyuz spacecraft

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Russia is studying dedicated space tourism missions using its Soyuz spacecraft.

Glavkosmos Director General Denis Lyskov said at the Paris Air Show Tuesday that future missions could fly two tourists and one professional cosmonaut, possibly visiting the ISS.

The head of RSC Energia, meanwhile, said he thought Soyuz missions could continue to fly even after the introduction of Russia’s new Federation crew vehicle, with the Soyuz being devoted to tourism missions and possibly, with upgrades, circumlunar flights. [TASS]


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