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Tuesday, 4 September, 2001, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
Station for space tourists planned

A Russian-controlled company says it plans to launch the first private space station for space tourists in three years' time.

A spokesman for the company, MirCorp, said the station, called Mini Station One, would accommodate three people at a time - and could also be hired by scientists and film crews.

Passengers would be ferried to and from the platform in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

The major shareholder in MirCorp is RKK Energia, the Russian company that built the Mir space station, which was finally brought down last February.

About 40% of its shares are owned by foreign private capital.

MirCorp was set up last year in a failed attempt to keep the Mir station in space - the company financed the last manned mission to Mir.

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