Campus>Интересно, кто эти россияне? Или я чего-то пропустил?
Я чуть со стула не упал: там действительно есть россияне! Вот они:
C-XXI is the only Russian X PRIZE Team. They are headquartered in Moscow, Russia and the team is lead by Sergey Kostenko, the company's CEO.
C-XXI is a rocket powered spaceship which rides to a high altitude on a M55 altitude aircraft. Separation occurs using a patented separation system at an altitude of 17 kilometers. C-XXI plans to initially rent the M-55 aircraft for prototype and testing flights and then eventually buy a copy of the M-55 for regular suborbital flight operations.
The spaceship is able to carry 3 people, 1 pilot and two paying passengers.
This private venture is done in cooperation with Myasishchev Design Bureau (MDB), which specializes in high altitude aircraft and business jets.
The interior of the spaceship is pressurized, but the passengers are expected to wear pressure suites as a backup. Prototype flights are expected to operation in Russia, but then once the system is proven, C-XXI hopes to operate its flights around the world.
Sergey Kostenko's motivation in founding C-XXI is specifically to open the space tourism market utilizing the talent and available technology in Russia. Kostenko has said, "We are making excellent progress, currently building a full-scale prototype. We hope to win the X PRIZE and begin worldwide operations."
C-XXI expects that its customers will need to train for about 1 week. The training will include high-altitude MiG flights, zero-gravity parabolic flight training, survival training and extensive work in simulators.
The flight will last less than 1 hour. The first 30-40 minutes are spent attached to the M55 aircraft getting to the required 17 kilometers altitude. Then the total rocket powered segment of the flight will be about 20 minutes.
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