The International Space Station (ISS) is mankind’s only permanently manned outpost. In low-Earth orbit it circles the Earth every 90 minutes.
A visit to the ISS is like no other experience. When you reach Earth orbit you will be traveling at 17,500 miles per hour, over 250 miles above the Earth’s surface and you will be weightless, floating inside your spacecraft.
Space Adventures has arranged all eight of the flights to space completed by private citizens to date. All of our clients have flown to the International Space Station on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and have lived and worked alongside professional astronauts for 10 days or more. International recording artist, Sarah Brightman is our next spaceflight client bound for the ISS and is scheduled to launch in 2015.
Since the dawn of manned spaceflight, just over 540 people have traveled to space – we are pleased to be able to offer you the opportunity to be the next.
The Russian Soyuz TMA-M is the latest in a family of spacecraft that has successfully flown over 100 times in a row. It is able to accommodate three people and is currently the only spacecraft able to transport either private or professional astronauts to the International Space Station. It launches four times per year on the Soyuz-FG booster rocket.
Boeing is developing the CST-100 spacecraft, as part of a NASA competition for the opportunity to launch US astronauts to the International Space Station. It is expected to be operational by 2017, and Space Adventures has the rights to market seats to private individuals.
The International Space Station has a permanent crew of up to 6 professional astronauts. It has an internal volume approximately the same size as a Boeing 777 aircraft, so there is plenty of space for privacy when needed.
Read our Blog post – 7 things everyone should know about the ISS.
You will spend approximately 10 days in space, during which time you are principally free to do as you choose. You can marvel at the wonder of the Earth below you, assist in science research or design your own mission program.
While the highlight is obviously the spaceflight itself, the training and preparation is a very rewarding experience in itself. Space Adventures will ensure you are appropriately trained and prepared using state of the art facilities, simulators and methods.
The price of the spaceflight depends on the vehicle you choose, the timing and the exact mission profile. Please contact us for further details.