The Jakarta Post
The Soyuz MS-09 rocket is taken by train across the desert on its way to the launch pad at Baikonur Cosmodrome, on June 4, 2018. (Shutterstock /Anya Newrcha)
Antarexxa, a local startup company that focuses on space education, has launched a program called "Promo Tour: Introduction to Russian Space Industry", taking space enthusiasts to view the launch of manned mission Soyuz MS-12, a spaceflight that will take payloads and logistics to the International Space Station.
PROMO TRIP 🚀 #spacetrip UPDATES!! •••• THE FIRST SPACE TOUR EVER IN SOUTHEAST ASIA !! March 6 Departure & March 15 Return •••• We have been receiving inquiries about this exciting trip from students and young professionals and we decided to revise the itinerary to 9 DAYS only as an Introduction Promo trip to the Russian Space Industry (3 days in Moscow and 6 days in Baikonur) with our SPECIAL PROMO PRICE !!! ••• We have the option of land package only (arrange your own travel) and an all in tour package which includes everything. Submit your inquiry and we will email you the updated itinerary and pricelist for serious interest only. •••• Join like minded participants from other countries!! Enjoy the beauty of #moscow and the historical site of #baikonur where it all began with #sputnik and #yurigagarin 🇷🇺 Learn all about the history of The Russian Space Industry and their amazing #cosmonot ••••• If you cannot make it this time, you can join us for Q2 launch in early July! Submit your interest NOW !!! ••••• 📧 [email protected] @prostocosmos @allarazuvaeva
The debut tour is slated to run from March 6 to 15, with a starting price of US$3,400 for Indonesian customers. The price is subject to change and only valid for low season periods.
“For those who would like to join the tour, but cannot make it this March, not to worry because there are launches every quarter,” Antarexxa founder Melanie Camaro told The Jakarta Post via email, saying that there would be upcoming trips scheduled on July 6 and Sept. 25.
In addition to viewing the launch of Soyuz MS-12, the participants will also be able to visit museums, exhibition halls, the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, known as Roscosmos, in Moscow, Russia, and Russian launch complex Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Melanie explained that some sites, such as Roscomos and Baikonur Cosmodrome, were actually restricted by the government or for research purposes only, hence Antarexxa had to obtain permission from the authorities to have special access to bring members of the public to these sites.
Melanie also said the trip was open to everyone, including those who love aviation, aerospace, rocketry or adventure travelers. However, participants need to be at least 18 years old.
“We will create a product that is a more family-friendly program, where the museums are mostly indoors with plenty of activities for kids and students. We will also offer student space camps for [participants] under the age of 18 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Moscow,” she said, sharing some of Antarexxa’s upcoming programs. (kes)