Prospects of New Agreement with NASA for Sending American Astronauts to ISS after 2017
NASA may enter into another, the sixth agreement with Roscosmos for sending American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) with the Russian spacecraft “Soyuz” after 2017, a source in the missile space industry informed “Interfax-AVN” on Wednesday.
“Given the very tight timetable for the development and testing of new US commercial manned spacecrafts, the starts of first of which in the manned version are planned for 2017, and the fact that Americans have paid for seats at Soyuz up to 2017 inclusive, it would be appropriate to insure and provide several places for 2018, so to conclude a new agreement,” the interlocutor of the agency said, commenting plans announced by Boeing Space Exploration and SpaceX.
According to these plans, the first test flight of a manned spacecraft CST-100 will take place in July 2017. SpaceX plans to send the first flight of a manned spacecraft Dragon in early 2017. These flights must be preceded by complex tests of various vehicle systems, and the need to hold them in very little time.