RUS­SIA PLANS FIRST SPACEWALK FOR TOURISTS

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

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.

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