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Robert Pearlman
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Space Adventures release
Space Adventures Concludes Agreement to Offer Commercial Spaceflight Opportunities to the International Space Station

Three seats available beginning in 2013

Space Adventures, the only company that has provided human space mission opportunities to the world marketplace, announced today the conclusion of an agreement with the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation (FSA) and Rocket Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) to commercially offer three seats on the Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS), beginning in 2013.

These seats will be made available through the increase of Soyuz production, from four to five spacecraft per year. Each flight will be short duration, approximately 10 days, and will contribute to the increase of launch capacity to the ISS.

"We are extremely excited to announce this agreement and would like to thank our Russian partners in increasing Soyuz production and providing Space Adventures these well sought-after transportation services on the only commercially available manned spacecraft currently in operation," said Eric Anderson, Chairman of Space Adventures. "Since Guy Laliberte's mission, there has been an increase of interest by private individuals, organizations and commercial entities seeking ways to access the space station. We have been speaking with these parties about science, education and multi-media programs and hope to make some major announcements in the coming year."

Space Adventures became world-renowned 10 years ago with the launch of Dennis Tito, the world's first privately-funded space explorer. Since then, the company has arranged seven additional missions to the ISS. Cumulatively, our clients have spent almost three months in space, traveling over 36 million miles, and have been true ambassadors in sharing their experience and explaining to millions of people around the world why it's important to explore space," continued Mr. Anderson.

"We are very pleased to continue space tourism with Space Adventures. Also, the addition of a fifth Soyuz spacecraft to the current manifest will add flexibility and redundancy to our ISS transportation capabilities. We welcome the opportunity to increase our efforts to meet the public demand for access to space," said Alexei Krasnov, Director of Human Spaceflight of FSA.

In support of the continued partnership between FSA, Energia and Space Adventures, Vitaly Lopota, President of RSC Energia, commented, "We were first in the space tourism marketplace and we are glad to expand our capabilities by adding a fifth Soyuz and to use these three additional opportunities for commercial flight participants, starting in 2013."

Space Adventures, the company that organized the flights for the world's first private space explorers, is headquartered in Vienna, Va. with an office in Moscow. It offers a variety of programs such as the availability today for spaceflight missions to the International Space Station and around the moon, Zero-Gravity flights, cosmonaut training, spaceflight qualification programs and reservations on future suborbital spacecraft. The company's advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Shuttle astronauts Sam Durrance, Tom Jones, Byron Lichtenberg, Norm Thagard, Kathy Thornton, Pierre Thuot, Charles Walker, and Skylab/Shuttle astronaut Owen Garriott.

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Roscosmos release
No Contract Between Russian Federal Space Agency and Space Adventures to Fly Tourists to the ISS

Space Adventures, which had announced the conclusion of an agreement with Russian Federal Space Agency and Rocket Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) to commercially offer three seats on the Soyuz spacecraft bound for the International Space Station (ISS), beginning in 2013, has not signed any contract neither with Roscosmos, nor with RSC-E, said Roscosmos Human Spaceflight Directorate Head Alexey Krasnov.

According to Krasnov, the negotiations may commence in spring, provided that Space Adventures finds funding for increasing of Soyuz production, from four to five space vehicles per year.

"This release is a kind of indicator of Space Advenures' intentions and find necessary funding in the market to finance construction of an additional Soyuz. The number of Soyuzes per year may be increased starting from 2014, provided that the company finds the money," Krasnov stated, adding that Space Adventures shall finance the additional Soyuz in order to restart touristic space missions.

"Only after that, we will commence discussions with our international partners in the ISS program... There are many issues here, but they have not been studied so far, as we don't have any subjet agreement with Space Adventures," Roscosmos official explains.

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Today via Parabolic Arc, a slightly different story, at least for the near term.

Roscosmos release

Resumption of Soyuz Space Tourism Flights Could Slip to 2014

Program of space tourist flights may face a year delay, Roscosmos Human Spaceflight Directorate Head Alexey Krasnov stated.

According to him, an additional Soyuz vehicle to be built by RSC-Energia for space tourists might be produced in 2014 instead of 2013. The delay is dependent on Roscosmos partner Space Adventures which is to collect required number of is not able to provide necessary number of solvent candidates in August 2011.

"We are pressed for time. This year our partners have to confirm feasibility of the commercial Soyuz mission project", Krasnov said.

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