July 23, 2006 Until now, the most expensive holiday you could have was to buy a US$20 million ticket from Space Adventures for a 10-day spaceflight to the International Space Station (ISS) which includes six months of cosmonaut training. Now a US$15 million option has been added to the package which includes a walk in space during your stay aboard the ISS. Also known as an extra-vehicular activity (EVA), those clients interested in the spacewalk option have the availability to spend up to 1.5 hours outside of the space station. The addition of a spacewalk lengthens the mission approximately six to eight days and candidates are required to participate in a month of EVA simulations and specialized training sessions, in addition to meeting the medical and physical requirements, familiarizing themselves with the Russian Soyuz TMA spacecraft and learning how to live aboard the ISS. It’s your opportunity to go one-up on Californian millionaire Denis Tito (the first paying customer of Space Adventures in mid 2001), South African technology millionaire Mark Shuttleworth, American technology entrepreneur Greg Olsen who have all experienced space flight as private citizens, and Japanese entrepreneur Daisuke Enomoto (Dice-K) who will become the fourth space tourist this coming September.
"Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov made history in 1965 when he took the first steps in space and since then, less than 200 others have experienced the thrill of walking in space. With the cooperation of the Federal Space Agency of Russia, Space Adventures is proud to offer the EVA option to our orbital spaceflight clients,” said Eric Anderson, president and CEO of Space Adventures, Ltd. “Many of our astronaut advisors have conducted spacewalks during their careers and their experience will provide great insight to our EVA clients.”
"At the conclusion of our internal feasibility assessments and after careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that subject to personal physical and psychological capabilities and with the completion of additional specific cosmonaut training, spaceflight participants could potentially perform an EVA,” said Alexei Krasnov, director of the manned spaceflight department of the Federal Space Agency of the Russian Federation.
Space Adventures has previously sent three private explorers to space. In 2001, American Dennis Tito fulfilled his dream of space travel, and in 2002, the ‘First African in Space’ Mark Shuttleworth launched and, last October, American Greg Olsen, took flight. Japanese entrepreneur, Daisuke Enomoto, is training for his spaceflight currently scheduled for September.