Russia will be offering travel packages to space within a couple of years, as per the latest reports. Yes, a Russian Space Company named Energia has decided to start space tourism to sent tourists to space. Vladimir Solntsev, the president of Energia, a partly state-owned space company, said that Russia is discussing the possibility of sending tourists on spacewalks. He informed that the market analysts have confirmed that wealthy people are ready to pay money for space travel.
Energia targets to send tourists to space by 2019 and a ten day trip to space might cost a person almost $100 million. Although this budget for space is not an easy thing to attain but wealthy people might afford it, as said by Energia. And with the passage of time, when the Space tourism becomes a legitimate regular business venture, the space travel prices may fall. Currently, many private space companies are making strategies about how to start sending tourists to space and commercialize space. SpaceX looks like a promising prospect for space tourism and recently Boeing has also expressed interest in collaborating with Energia for space tourism.
Energia is not new to space exploration. In 1961, the company helped Yuri Gagarin fly to space, making him the first human being to travel to space. Also, this is not the first time that company is planning to send tourists to space. Back in 2009, it sent a wealthy tourist named Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, to International Space Station ISS. The first space tourist of the world is Dennis Tito, a former NASA scientist, who went on an eight-day trip to ISS in 2001. Tito was the founder of investment management firm Wilshire Associates
Currently, Energia is building brand new luxury space module for the ISS which will provide a soothing and comfortable experience for tourists traveling to space. The new module dubbed NEM-2 can take six people at a time to the space station. Solntsev said that the space travel, to be launched in 2019, would be comfortable, as much as that is possible in space. He further said that the upcoming space tourists may have to pay close to $100m (£70m) to get an opportunity to “go out on a spacewalk and make a film, (or) a video clip.