Space Adventures Ltd. has signed a contract with Russia's Federal Space Agency to fly two more people to space on the Soyuz spaceship.
Two private people have already reserved the seats and are paying $30 million each to go in 2008 and 2009. Space Adventures would not release the names yet.
The Vienna-based company has sent five people to space since it was founded in 1998, including Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, Anousheh Ansari and Charles Simonyi. Each flight includes training and more than a week orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station.
Space Adventures also proposed buying seats from Russia for flights in 2010 and beyond.
For those who can't afford the trip, Space Adventures offers people interested in space a membership for $980 each year to the Spaceflight Club, which gives them entry to events and a network of other space enthusiasts.
Space Adventures has an office in Moscow. Its advisory board includes Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Usachev.Source : BizJournals