A private company
founded by RSC Energia
's biggest space contractor
, and a holding company
in the Netherlands
. Their business model
is to buy the Mir Space Station
from the Russian Space Agency and offer trips to companies that need to do some zero-gravity research
. More controversial
ly, they also plan to make some money by turning the aging deathtrap
into a bed-and-breakfast
for the obscenely wealthy
NASA hates MirCorp, because their involvement has prompted the Russian space agency to take some of their meager budget (partially funded by NASA itself) away from the behind-schedule International Space Station to work on supplying Mir again.
In April 2000, MirCorp made history when it made the first privately funded space shot, sending two cosmonauts up to Mir for repairs and maintenance since Russia abandoned the station last year. The cosmonauts are due back to Earth in mid-June. In typical PR fashion, MirCorp has already trumpeted their on-time return.
The company has mentioned plans for an IPO next year.
MirCorp's home page is at http://www.mirstation.com