“ the Garbage king “ will rescue “ the World “It will pay semi-annual flight of an orbiting station
“ the Garbage king “ will rescue “ the World “
on May, 14th in the Center of preparation of cosmonauts of Gagarin will start trainings for flight on an orbiting station “ the World “ 51 - the summer citizen of Great Britain Peter Llevellin - the owner of company Microlife specialising on processing of garbage. It has reserved to itself(himself) a place for week flight on “ the World “ in August of this year.
After in January of this year prime minister Evgenie Primakov has signed the decision about continuation of works on a complex “ the World “ since second half of 1999 at the expense of involved off-budget means, the owner of station - RKK “ Energy “ - has started to search for sponsors feverishly. Despite enough wide range shown interest to “ to the World “ potential investors from Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Israel, India, China, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Japan, until recently money on “ the World “ nobody gave. Besides, the Australian investor negotiations with which were the most successful, in February suddenly “ has withdrawn “ having declared default by the Russian side of conditions, only at which observance transfer of money resources in RKK " was possible; Energy “ for station operation. This decision declared besides on the eve of start on a complex “ the World “ Crew 27 - j the basic expedition, has led to that to departing cosmonauts the fate of grave-diggers of station has been prepared: Victor Afanasevu, Sergey Avdeev and the Frenchman Jean - to Pierre Enere should prepare it for flooding in a southern part of Pacific ocean in June.
however fortunately owners “ the World “ in March in investitsionno - the industrial company (IPK) “ Energy “ created RKK “ Energy “ specially for attraction of investments and continuation of operation of station, the American company Microlife specialising on industrial processing of garbage has entered and gathering to construct one of the musoropererabatyvajushchih factories in situated near Moscow to the Queen where it is located RKK “ Energy “. Owner Microlife 51 - summer Englishman Peter Llevellin became vice-president IPK “ Energy “ also has declared the desire to make week voyage on an orbital complex “ the World “. In the end of April the agreement on transfer by Llevellinom into account IPK " has been reached; Energy “ $100 million and about flight of the businessman into an orbit in August. And though the mechanism of transfer and granting of mutual guarantees is not fulfilled yet, in April Llevellin has already passed medical inspection in TSPK of Gagarin and on May, 14th should start preparation for flight together with the Russian cosmonauts - the commander 28 - j the basic expedition by Sergey Zaletinym and flight engineer Alexander Kaleri to which should make multimonthly flight till the end of the year.
singularity of a situation consists not only that on “ the World “ for the first time it is necessary to fly to the foreign businessman: for 13 years of flight of station on it besides professional space pilots Japanese journalist Toehiro Akijama, the British confectioner Helen Sharman and the Russian official Yury Baturin have visited with week voyages. Never before the flight program, as well as flight, did not depend on one person - the private investor. Besides, preparation of Llevellina for flight will be the shortest for all history TSPK - only three months (before the shortest preparation which has made eight months, there passed in 1991 Kazakh Toktar Aubakirov, but it was the test pilot the Instant - 29).
However, occurrence of the investor for “ the World “ has already caused concern in the USA: the matter is that the ship “ Union TM “ on which the Englishman will depart, will be is taken from among that are intended for forthcoming flights on the International space station. A management “ Energy “ it does not confuse, after all budgetary financing “ the World “ will suffice only till August, and $100 million Llevellina will allow to maintain station till the end of the year. Besides in “ energy “ Count that the example of the ashman will appear infectious and will serve attraction of new investments for flight financing “ the World “.
IVAN - SAFRONOV