Cosmopolis XXI

Summary

Cosmopolis XXI was a late 2000s Russian concept launch vehicle billed as a space tourism vehicle, similar to Mojave Aerospace's Tier One program. Designed and built by the Myasishchev Design Bureau, it would use the M-55X launch aircraft (derived from Myasishchev M-55), and the proposed C-21 spaceplane or its successor the Explorer. It would be a TSTSO (Two-Stage to SubOrbit) launch platform.

The Explorer spaceplane is a suborbital tourist spaceplane based on the C-21 design. The plane was being developed by Space Adventures with the Russian Federal Space Agency and was intended to carry 3 passengers. It is to be air-launched by carrier aircraft from a Space Adventures spaceport. Space Adventures abandoned the Explorer project in 2010 because "it got too expensive."[1] It is unclear if Russia continues its development.

References

  • Space.com Suborbital Rocketship Fleet to Carry Tourists Spaceward in Style February 22, 2006
  1. ^ Space Adventures returns to suborbital spaceflight, NewSpace Journal, 2010-05-28, accessed 2010-05-28.

External links

  • Space Tourism Pioneers, Space Adventures and the Ansari X Prize Title Sponsors, to Provide First Suborbital Spaceflight Tourism Vehicles (SpaceAdventures)
  • New group to develop passenger spaceship (MSNBC)
  • C-21 Spacecraft at Space Adventures