0354 GMT February 22, 2020
"The Roscosmos state corporation and US company Space Adventures have signed a contract on carrying out short-term space flights to the ISS by two nonprofessional astronauts onboard one spacecraft. The flight to the station will take place until the end of 2021," Roscosmos said.
The Russian state corporation said that space enterprises have started manufacturing a Soyuz-MS manned spacecraft and a Soyuz-2 carrier rocket for tourists’ flight into space. All work on creating the space equipment will be sponsored by space tourists.
Russia’s Energia Space Rocket Corporation, the Progress Rocket Space Center and the Center for Operation of Space Ground Based Infrastructure will work on the new contract, Roscosmos said.
Russia and Space Adventures sent the first tourist into space in 2001. This was American multimillionaire Dennis Tito. A total of seven tourists (one of them twice) have carried out trips into space under these contracts. The latest flight as part of the program took place in September 2009.