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Roscosmos in talks over space tourism with leading foreign companies

The company has already developed some major ideas in this area, Roscosmos CEO Igor Komarov said

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/. Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos is in talks with leading foreign companies on prospects for cooperation over the Russian segment of the ISS, including space tourism, the company’s CEO, Igor Komarov, said on Tuesday.

"I would like to say that we have developed some major ideas in cooperation with the leading international companies present on this market. We conduct research into the development of the Russian segment not just for research, but for tourism and creation of more add-on modules," Komarov told the Space as Business conference, arranged by Roscosmos and the news agency TASS.

The corporation’s development strategy extending till 2025 and beyond, up to 2030, approved earlier this year, attaches special importance to commercialization and measures to increase Roscosmos’s share on the market of effective up-to-date products.

As an example Komarov mentioned the project Digital Earth (provision of remote sensing data), and a project for creating a provider of telecommunications services.

"We see our partners in Russian regions are interested in such projects," he said.

"As for the market of launch services, we believe that we are on the right track and made the right choice. I am certain that our partnership with the company Kosmotras on the market of launch services will enable us to increase the number of launches and improve the outlook for keeping the space rocket industry going," Komarov said.