Despite the successful launch of manned spacecraft SpaceX Crew Dragon, the mission Demo-2 (DM-2), National Board of the USA on Aeronautics and space research (NASA) intends to continue to cooperate with the Russian space Agency at sending astronauts to the ISS.
As reported by Forbes online, NASA plans to pay Russia’s space Agency for sending one of their astronauts on the spaceship “Soyuz” to the ISS, and Russian cosmonauts, apparently, will go into space from the cosmodrome in Florida next year.
Last week NASA announced that it would send astronauts Kate Rubins (Kate Rubins, pictured above) on the ISS to participate in a six-month mission as a flight engineer and a crew member of the Expedition 63/64.
Rubins will be sent to the ISS along with cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikova and Sergey, the Code-Cricket on a space ship “Soyuz MS-17” the launch of which is expected to be implemented from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan October 14, 2020. For that, NASA will pay Roscosmos $90 million ($90 252 905,69) – exactly so much, how many it cost place in the “Union” for the American astronaut to the successful flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon.
A NASA spokesman Stephanie Shierholz (Stephanie Schierholz) said in email to Forbes online that this amount includes payment of training of the astronaut for launch, flight, landing, and training in emergency care for prolonged missions, and the payment of the cost of delivery and support services when starting and landing.
On the question of why Rubins is not sent to the ISS, along with colleagues from NASA Michael Hopkins (Michael Hopkins), Victor Glover (Victor Glover) and Shannon Walker (Shannon Walker) and a JAXA astronaut of Soichi Noguchi (Soichi Noguchi) on the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, the launch of which is scheduled for 30 August, the representative of the space Agency responded that they contracted for four seats and additional space (the Crew Dragon seven places) are used for the delivery of goods.
Shierholz also said that the future NASA plans to launch to the ISS on their own. However, the space Agency of the USA and Russia are discussing the possibility to send crew members to the international space station used by “the Unions” Crew Dragon and the Boeing Cockpit.