Specialists from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) conducted a study, during which it turned out that the launch of the SpaceX rockets by Elon Musk (11 per cent), launches and construction of new rockets (6 per cent), Martian programmes (5 per cent), a hole in the skin of the ISS and the development of Chinese space programmes (4 per cent, respectively) have become the most memorable events for Russians related to space over the past two years.
According to the results of the study, the most important areas of development of the space industry for Russia, in the opinion of 30 per cent of its citizens, are the country’s participation in the International Space Station project and the creation of new space stations, military space programmes (29 per cent), exploration of the Moon and Mars (18 per cent), and the construction of new spaceports (17 per cent) and rockets (14 per cent). It also turned out that the least priority Russians consider the lease and maintenance of the Baikonur cosmodrome (10 per cent) and the development of space tourism (8 per cent).
The majority of Russians, according to the results of the study, have already heard about space tourism (75 per cent); mostly, these are people over the age of 45. It is specified that young people more often than others named space tourism among the priority areas of development of the space industry in Russia (15 per cent). Besides, every fifth Russian is of the opinion that there is space tourism in Russia, but it is not developing (21 per cent), although the other 9 per cent of respondents disagree with this point of view.
Experts have also found out that if given such an opportunity, 30 per cent of Russians would like to go into space and visit the International Space Station, 34 per cent would like to fly on jet aircraft to the stratosphere, 33 per cent would go through space training on simulators in Star City, and 43 per cent would like to go on a tour to the Baikonur and Vostochny cosmodromes.