American entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari (founder of the the Ansari X-Prize) will serve as Enomoto's backup spaceflight participant. She may become the world's 1st female space tourist in 2007. Ansari's Texas-based firm Prodea has partnered with Space Adventures to build the spaceports being planned in the Middle East and Asia before the end of the decade. The Prodea firm is also investing in the Russian-made "Explorer" tourist spacecraft to launch from the new commercial spaceport facilities.
A Russian federal space official said that space tourists will only be enabled to go if they have a serious scentific inquiry to make while on-orbit. A Code of Conduct for spaceflight participants aboard the ISS were adopted some time ago.