CSI and Space Adventures sign ISS cargo agreement

One of the problems tourists visiting the ISS face today is that there is very little cargo capacity available in the Soyuz spacecraft used to ferry people to and from the station. To help potentially alleviate that problem, Constellation Services International (CSI) announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Space Adventures to allow future tourists to send more cargo to the ISS. CSI, which submitted a NASA COTS proposal earlier this year for its “LEO Express” cargo resupply system, would carry additional items, such as “significant research experiment materials, multi-media hardware and other supplies”, for future tourists to the ISS in advance of their stay. CSI anticipates that the LEO Express service would be ready as early as 2008, pending funding.

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