ORBITAL SPACE TRAVEL
RocketBreaks have handpicked a selection of private earth-based spaceflight experiences to suit all budgets and specifications. From tailor made parties where you can meet an Astronaut or sample space food to being a VIP at a rocket launch in Florida, we are able to offer you a ground-based experience that is out of this world.
Here is a selection of our favourite Earth Based Experiences
Star City is located just outside Moscow, Russia, and is the home of the Russian manned spaceflight program. It is the location where all professional astronauts who fly on the Soyuz-TMA spacecraft train for their missions.
RocketBreaks can arrange for you to sample the same training as the professional and private astronauts. From learning how to fly the Soyuz spacecraft to sampling the training required to complete a spacewalk, we have programs for all interests and all budgets.
All training programs are hosted at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, commonly referred to as “Star City” just outside Moscow, Russia.
SOYUZ SPACECRAFT TRAINING
The Soyuz spacecraft is the longest serving and most reliable spacecraft ever developed, having successfully completed over 100 manned launches. In this training program you will use the Soyuz spacecraft simulator and learn to fly this three-person spacecraft – from launch to touchdown you will be in control!
GROUND BASED SPACEWALK
As with the Neutral Buoyancy Spacewalk training, you will learn the operation of the Orlan space suit, and then put one on, but in this case you will be suspended by ropes as you simulate moving around the outside of the International Space Station.
SOKOL SPACE SUIT TRAINING
The Sokol space suit is used by all astronauts and cosmonauts who travel on the Soyuz spacecraft. This pressurized suit provides protection to the crew members in the event of de-pressurization of the spacecraft. In this training program you will learn how to put on, pressurize and take off the space suit. You’ll not only feel like an astronaut – you’ll look like one too!
NEUTRAL BUOYANCY TRAINING
The best place to re-create what it’s like to move around in space is underwater. You will learn how to operate an Orlan space suit, the same suit used by Russian cosmonauts on spacewalks outside the International Space Station. Then you will enter the “hydrolab” and complete a full simulation of a trip outside the full-scale mock-up of the International Space Station on your very own spacewalk.
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION SIMULATOR
The International Space Station (ISS) is mankind’s largest orbital outpost and has been the destination for all of Space Adventures’ private spaceflight clients. In orbit 250 miles above the Earth, the ISS has a permanent crew of six professional astronauts. It is over 1,000,000 lbs, is 100m by 50m, and has a habitable volume equivalent to a Boeing 777. In this training program you will learn the layout and basic operations of the Russian segment of the ISS.
The centrifuge can re-create the exact G force loads experienced by the astronauts during their spaceflight. In this simulation of launch and re-entry on board the Soyuz spacecraft you will experience up to 4 G’s, and so know what it feels like to launch on a Soyuz-FG rocket bound for Earth orbit and the International Space Station.
IT’S ROCKET SCIENCE!
A Day in the Lab Space laboratories around the world are where the magic happens. Spend a day as a VIP at a space lab, where you’ll meet the scientists who design and build our rockets and satellites, see the technology first-hand, and discover what it takes to step beyond our world
MEET AN ASTRONAUT
It takes a special kind of person to travel beyond our atmosphere. How does it feel to blast off from Earth? What’s it like to live for months in zero gravity? How does space travel change your perceptions of our world? Meet someone who’s been there and ask them for yourself
Treat your favourite earthling to a party that’s out of this world.
- Experience space through virtual reality and augmented reality.
- Eat like an astronaut
- Try on replica Tim Peake spacesuits and enjoy space themed party games.
Bespoke this experience with a personal appearance from a real astronaut, handle pieces of actual moon rock and impress your guests of all ages.
WITNESS A ROCKET LAUNCH
Imagine a sound so powerful that you feel it reverberating throughout your entire body as you stand in the midst of the sparsely inhabited plains of Central Asia. This is the sound of a high-performance Soyuz rocket carrying its crew of three space explorers into orbit, and the moment will stay with you forever.
Whether you are contemplating your own flight to space, or simply looking for a hard to find experience, this is a great opportunity to learn about the Russian manned spaceflight program by watching the preparations for launch first-hand.
Travel from Moscow to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard Space Adventures’ chartered jet.
See the rocket on the launch stand from a distance of less than 100m.
Witness the final ceremonies before the launch — traditions that date back to the first space explorers – including the official report of the crew.
Watch the launch of the Soyuz-FG booster rocket from the VIP viewing stand, less than 1 mile from the launch pad.
- Luxury transfers to/from airport in Moscow
- Five-star hotel accommodation in downtown Moscow, and in a local hotel in Baikonur
- Baikonur customs and immigration processing.
- Private chartered flight to/from Baikonur
- Launch security clearance processing
- Transfers and guided tours