April 2019 the United States will cease to use the services of Roscosmos for delivery of astronauts to the ISS. For the first time since 2011, the American ships begin to carry out manned missions to the station
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From April 2019 Russia and the United States will stop the program at the delivery of American astronauts to the ISS by the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. About it as transfers “Interfax”, said Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov.
The timing of the termination of cooperation with NASA Borisov said at the meeting in rocket-space Corporation “Energy” on the prospects of manned cosmonautics. “Landing spacecraft “Soyuz-MS” in April, completes the implementation of our obligations under a contract with NASA related to the delivery to the ISS and return from the station of American astronauts,” — said Deputy Prime Minister.
NASA astronauts used the Russian ships to fly to the ISS in connection with the lack of suitable ships for the American side in connection with the completion of the program “Shuttle”. The beginning of manned space flight, NASA associated with the programs of private corporations that are developing launch vehicles in the first place — SpaceX Elon musk. The space Agency has developed a program of support to private space, in which, as reported by Bloomberg, was allocated $8 billion.
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In early August it became known that SpaceX plans to conduct the first manned flight in April 2019. Later, in the middle of 2019, a manned mission must conduct the Boeing company.
The names of the astronauts that first went to space on ships company SpaceX Dragon and CTS-100 Cockpit Boeing NASA announced on August 3. The Agency stressed that this will be the first 2011 flight of astronauts to the ISS on American spacecraft.
After closing the program “Shuttle” the Russian Corporation “Energy” and “Roscosmos” kept the actual monopoly on the market of manned space flight. To deliver astronauts into orbit, NASA was forced to enter into contracts for the purchase of seats in Soyuz spacecraft. Only in the last three years, the United States paid Russia for space for the astronauts to $935 million