NASA may reserve another seat on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft for an astronaut’s flight to the International Space Station (ISS), a source in the rocket and space industry told.
“NASA may reserve another place on the Soyuz spacecraft for the flight of its astronaut to the ISS,” the source said.
According to him, if necessary, such a flight can take place in the spring of next year.
American astronaut Loral O’Hara, who, according to the Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow, is undergoing training in Russia on actions in the event of the Soyuz spacecraft landing on the water surface, can go on the flight.
In March, it became known about the purchase by the American company Axiom Space from Roscosmos of a place for NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, which flew to the ISS in April. Then NASA noted that in exchange, Axiom Space will provide a place on the American ship in 2023.
In turn, the general director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, explained the purchase of a place on the Soyuz for Vande Hai by the fact that the flights of new American manned ships are still unstable.
According to previously announced NASA data, since 2006, the United States has purchased 72 seats on the Soyuz spacecraft from Russia for more than $ 4 billion. During this time, the ticket price for them increased from 20 to 90 million.