The source reported on plans to send tourists in the first manned flight to the ISS

The source reported on plans to send tourists in the first manned flight to the ISS

Moscow. May 15. INTERFAX.RU — Space tourist may become a member of the first manned flight to the International space station (ISS) on a new Russian rocket in 2019, reported “Interfax” a source in the space industry.

“The first manned flight of a rocket with a Russian control system “Soyuz 2.1 a” to spacecraft “Soyuz MS-15″. On Board will be two Russian cosmonaut. Third place, might take space tourist”, — said the source.

The flight is scheduled for October 2019, if successful, the unmanned launch of the spacecraft “Soyuz MS-14” in conjunction with the rocket “Soyuz 2.1 a” in August of the same year.

Examines several candidates for space tourist to fly in 2019. Among them are the Russians.

Meanwhile, later in a longer flight to the ISS can take the representatives of Bahrain and the UAE, “which only partly on formal grounds can be attributed to tourists.”

“Most likely, they will travel to the ISS is not in 2019, and in 2020 on a different vehicle. Representatives of Arab countries will undergo a full training programme for astronauts in the homeland and in Russia, and in the case of the flight will carry the full range of tasks of the crew and become the first astronauts in their countries,” — said the source.

Meanwhile, the Russian rocket and space industry continue talks with our American colleagues about the exchange places at the manned ships. “If the agreement on barter of seats will be concluded, the place tourists can get an American astronaut in exchange for the American manned ships Cockpit or Dragon. However, while manned launches of these ships are not implemented”, — said the source.

Earlier it was reported that Russian cosmonauts 2019 will reach orbit on a rocket “Soyuz 2.1 a” with the Russian management system, reported “Interfax” on Monday a source in the rocket and space industry. “It is expected that from 2019 to abandon the carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG” with the Ukrainian system of governance. She will be replaced by “Soyuz 2.1 a” with the system of the Russian production. Previously, these missiles were used to display space truck into orbit, but manned ships they didn’t take. Now, in August 2019 the scheduled first test flight of the manned “Soyuz” on a missile while in drone mode”, — said the Agency interlocutor.