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Space Tourism Conference: Orbital tourism goes lunar

21 Jun 2012, 11:51 UTC
Space Tourism Conference: Orbital tourism goes lunar
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While Ascend (now part of Flightglobal) made the headlines two years ago by noting that in our analysis the Isle of Man was fifth favourite ‘nation’ to put man back on the Moon, they may yet become the main favourite. For the Isle of Man-based Excalibur Almaz again set forth their proposal for a a lunar flyby expendition for two space tourists at the 3rd Space Tourism Conference at the Royal Aeronautical Society, London.
Excalibur Almaz Salyut space station/space liner with RRV attached. Courtesy: Excalibur Almaz
Having noted that the Isle of Man has become a space powerhouse with 30 out of 54 satellite operators based there, Art Dula, Chairman of Excalibur Almaz, itemised their plan which involves the use of the Apollo-shaped Almaz capsule to carry tourist astronauts around the Moon. The Almaz RRV (Reusable Re-entry Vehicle) capsule is small with a habitable volume of only 4.5 cubic meters (compared to 14.5 cubic meters for NASA’s Orion) but it does have a back hatch allowing it do dock rearwards with a spacious Salyut space station module (of 90 cubic metres) that will use Hall electric propulsion thrusters to slowly get itself back and forwards from the moon ...

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