RUSSIA PLANS FIRST SPACEWALK FOR TOURISTS
Russia’s space agency plans to send a tourist on its first-ever commercial spacewalk as it braces for a loss of income after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk broke its monopoly on human flights to the International Space Station.
Roscosmos unit RKK Energia signed a deal with Space Adventures Inc. to send two tourists to the ISS in 2023, with one of them to walk in open space, according to a statement Thursday.
The Russian announcement comes after Roscosmos lost its nine-year monopoly on ferrying crew to the International Space Station when Space Exploration Technologies Corp. sent two U.S. astronauts into orbit last month. Russia received over $3.4 billion since 2006 ferrying astronauts to the ISS.