Russian state Corporation “Roskosmos” and NASA agree on mutual provision of seats for flights to the ISS. This was stated by the representative of “Roscosmos” in Kazakhstan Anatoly Krasnikov, notes “Interfax”.
According to him “Russian cosmonauts will fly on American ships, and American astronauts will continue to fly on Russian spacecraft”.
Krasnikov noted that this is an absolute must, because there’s a new transport system for the delivery of a person into orbit. He podcherknu that “the people who fly there, should be able to work within the transport system and another vehicle system.”
Statements of “Roscosmos” appeared after the may 30 launch site in Florida (USA) launched the Falcon 9 rocket the SpaceX production, which put into orbit the spacecraft Crew Dragon with two astronauts on Board (mission Crew Demo-2). This is the first in the history of space launch, carried out by a private company. May 31, the apparatus is docked to the space station – arrived members of the mission, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken went to the ISS and joined the 63rd expedition – Christopher Cassidy, Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner.
The launch of the Falcon 9, the United States resumed the program of manned flights, which were suspended in 2011, with the end of the space Shuttle program. From the time American astronauts flew into space on a Russian rocket “Soyuz”. The launch of every NASA astronaut pay Roskosmos more than $80 million At the same place on the ship SpaceX costs almost twice cheaper than the $55 million, it was reported on the website Space.com.