First passenger for Armadillo/Space Adventures rocket vehicle

The Russian office of [Space Adventures][1] says that Evgeny Kovalev, a resident of St. Petersburg, has won a contest that awards him the first official space tourist ticket for a ride on an [Armadillo Aerospace][2] vehicle that will begin testing in 2012: /– [U.S. suborbital spaceship signs up Russian space tourist – RIA Novosti][3] (via [spacetoday.net][4]) /– [First Russian space tourist to leave Earth in 2012 – xinhua net][5]

Here is some information about the joint Space Adventures/Armadillo Aerospace partnership announced last spring: /– [Space Adventures Announces Exclusive Marketing Agreement with Armadillo Aerospace – Space Adventures April.29.10][6] /– [Space Adventures to Develop Suborbital Vehicles – Guest Blog/Technology Review – May.27.10][7]

[1]: http://www.spaceadventures.com [2]: http://www.ArmadilloAerospace.com [3]: http://en.rian.ru/russia/20101011/160912250.html [4]: http://spacetoday.net [5]: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/sci/2010-10/11/c_13552135.htm [6]: http://spaceadventures.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=news.viewnews&newsid=791 [7]: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/guest/25246/

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