- NASA to use SpaceX services after successful mission.
- NASA plans to abandon the services of Roscosmos
- The US 2020 election will be the first time a ballot will be case from the space.
As early as next year, only Russian cosmonauts can be delivered by Soyuz to the International space station (ISS). The statement was made by the head of the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center. The International Space Station is a modular space station in low Earth orbit.
It is a multinational collaborative project between five participating space agencies: NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, ESA, and CSA. The ownership and use of the space station is established by intergovernmental treaties and agreements.
Furthermore, earlier this m month, it was reported that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to abandon the services of Roscosmos to deliver astronauts to the International space station (ISS) from 2021. Instead of the Russian “Unions”, the United States intend to use their own Crew Dragon.
The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities, commonly known as Roscosmos, is a state corporation of the Russian Federation responsible for space flights, cosmonautics programs, and aerospace research.
In 2021, a fully Russian crew without American astronauts can go to the International space station (ISS) on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. It is plausible this could happen.
It should be noted, in the past 20 years, there were 85 flights to the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit. As of July 2019, NASA purchased 70 seats to the ISS and back using the Soyuz space shuttle with a total cost of $3.9 billion.
Boeing and SpaceX are under contract from NASA, are working on the first commercial demonstration flights with a crew. They are expected to provide 12 missions for 48 astronauts transported to ISS by the 2024.
Kathleen Rubins is expected to fly on Soyuz MS-17 in October 14, 2020. Kathleen Hallisey “Kate” Rubins is a NASA astronaut. She became the 60th woman to fly in space when she launched on a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station on July 7, 2016. She returned to Earth on October 30, 2016 aboard a Soyuz.
Astronaut Rubins will also be the first one ever to cast her ballot for the upcoming US presidential election from space.
However, in 2021 the current backup crew will most likely be replaced by the Russian cosmonaut in the spring. This information was released via the official channel of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
The Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center is a Russian training facility responsible for training cosmonauts for their space missions. It is in Star City of Moscow Oblast, a name which may refer to the facility itself or to its ground.
Previously, it was planned that one place on the Soyuz would go to an American astronaut for the October 2020 and April 2021, which would allow US representatives to stay on the ISS in case of problems with SpaceX ships.
The first manned flight of Crew Dragon was successful and this allowed NASA to speed up the process of abandoning Russian services. At the same time, Roscosmos denies the possibility of the American side refusing to use Soyuz.
Moreover, on April 10, 2021, the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft and the Soyuz-2.1 launch vehicle are scheduled to fly to the ISS with Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov, as well as American Mark Vande Hai.
Overall, with the SpaceX success, it would highly be less demand for the Russian Soyuz-2.