Roscosmos refused to sign new contracts with NASA and the European space Agency for the delivery of astronauts to the ISS.
As reported “Interfax”, the current contracts will be valid till 2018. In recent times NASA has extended the contract with Roscosmos in 2015, then his cost was $424 million.
“We are working with foreign partners within the framework of existing agreements, to enter into new contracts is not planned, — said the Deputy head of Roscosmos Sergey Savelyev.
Earlier he clarified that the Russian space Agency is negotiating with NASA for the delivery of astronauts to the ISS after 2018.
The lack of a new contract with Roscosmos NASA confirmed, the firm said.ru”. American private companies SpaceX and Boeing are developing manned spacecraft, the flight of which is scheduled for 2017-2018. In the case that Boeing and SpaceX will have difficulty with tests of new commercial vehicles in 2018, NASA astronauts will deliver to the ISS on the Russian Soyuz.
“In 2018 we will have the opportunity for the delivery of astronauts both U.S. and Russian ships,” — said the Deputy head of NASA’s manned spaceflight William Gerstenmaier.