Russian government has allocated more than 4.4 billion rubles to the ‘Glavkosmos’ space company, a subsidiary of the Roscosmos state corporation, for the production of a rocket and spaceship for tourist flights by 2024, Sputnik reports.
“To allocate in 2021 budget funds […] of 4,412,660 thousand rubles for the expenses of State Space Corporation Roscosmos,” the government said in its decree.
According to the decree, the money is to be allocated to Glavkosmos to fund the production of a Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle and Soyuz MS piloted cargo spaceship by 2024.
It is reminded that the Head of Glavkosmos, Dmitry Loskutov, said in May 2021 that the company was already in talks with potential space tourists and was at the same time working on putting together a reserve of Soyuz spaceships to make the first tourist flight possible in late 2023. Besides, in early June, another Roscosmos subsidiary, spacecraft manufacturer Energia, also announced plans to build two Soyuz spaceships flights by 31 December 2023.