SPACE CAPSULE – NOW IN A MUSEUM IN THE ISLE OF MAN

Almaz

As well as this one (at the Transport Museum in the Island), one more is currently on display at Castle Rushen High School in the Island, and Excalibur still has another green one as well as this – said to be at the International Space University (ISU) in Strasbourg – http://www.isunet.edu/blog/campus/facilities/facilities/122

Incidentally, neither of handsome guys in the photo are me…

The company had been based in the Isle of Man and planned to use the 4-seat capsules for “space tourism” trips (other possible uses were also mooted).  The Almaz capsules themselves come from a former Soviet military programme (almaz, or алмаз in Russian, means “diamond”), reputedly what was then an anti-satellite project (and hence probably illegal under treaties at the time).  It put the Isle of Man on the space map for a time (though, to be fair, the Island has other connections to satellite and other space projects) and at one time was incredibly said to be the 4th most likely country to mount a mission to the Moon!

See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-isle-of-man-31813697

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/shooting-for-the-moon-time-called-on-isle-of-man-space-race-10101750.html

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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