Russia’s CosmoCourse CEO Pavel Pushkin told Russian news agency TASS that the CosmoCourse private space tourism company will send from one to six dummies for the first autonomous flight of a returnable capsule and equip it with sensors.
During the tests of the returnable capsule, the company is also ready to launch a robot or animals into outer space, the chief executive said.
The returnable capsule and a carrier rocket are planned to be manufactured at an enterprise in the Moscow Region. The capsule’s first autonomous flight is scheduled for 2023, Pushkin said.
CosmoCourse is developing a reusable spacecraft for sub-orbital tourist flights. A crew of six persons and an instructor is expected to make a 15-minute flight to an altitude of about 200 km. The preparations for the flight will take one day. The first manned flight is planned for 2025.