Google co-founder Sergey Brin has put down a $5-million deposit for a seat aboard a Russian spacecraft, tourism company Space Adventures. From 2011 Space Adventures will send paying customers into space.
Space Adventures is a U.S. company, which organizes flights with a Russian Soyus to the ISS. By now five space tourists joined to such missions. From 2011, the company will start with its own rocket into space. The New York Times has already paid Brin 5 million U.S. dollars for the flight.
The chief of The Russian Federal Space Agency Anatoly Perminov makes the company from 2010 no places available to flight to the ISS, but there has been given places to Space Adventures by October 2008 and April 2009.
The exact date of Brin's flying into space is still not known. It is also unclear how much he still must pay.
"I am a big believer in the exploration and commercial development of the space frontier, and am looking forward to the possibility of going into space," Brin said in a statement released by Space Adventures.(Los Angeles Times)