NASA wants to buy more Soyuz seats




NASA wants to buy more Soyuz seats despite SpaceX and Boeing capsules for ISS

NASA is considering purchasing two additional tickets at its Russian counterpart Roscosmos. These two chairs must ensure that NASA also has access to the ISS in the second half of this year and in 2020. In the course of this year SpaceX and Boeing have to take over this role.

NASA reports that it is considering buying two Russian seats in the Soyuz rocket. The aerospace organization wants to ensure that at least two more astronauts can go to the International Space Station in the autumn of this year and in the spring of 2020. The amount of money these extra seats will cost is not clear, but previously a ticket cost 81 million dollars.

This step is related to uncertainty about the SpaceX Crew Dragon and Boeing Starliner. Both companies are scheduled to be ready for the transport of astronauts to and from the ISS later this year, but it is far from certain that the current planning will be achieved. An unmanned test flight with the Crew Dragon will be carried out at the earliest on 2 March, after which SpaceX should be ready for manned flights in July. Boeing follows in April or May with the first unmanned test flight.

The last agreed Soyuz flight that NASA has purchased takes place in July. NASA states that previous experience shows that difficulties may come to light during the test flights. This may lead to the absence of American astronauts in the ISS in due course, and that is what the organization wants to prevent by securing additional seats.

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