Whereas the US desires to cut back its dependence on Russian rockets, Russia itself is anticipating to assist for some time, but. Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin lately ordered the development of two extra Soyuz MS spacecraft, one in every of which can assist NASA ship astronauts to the International Space Station. The choice follows a letter from NASA director Jim Bridenstine warning of a delay in beginning American commercial spacecraft flights. The US might have additional seats in 2020 and 2021, Rogozin stated, and this additional spacecraft will assist in a pinch.
The opposite Soyuz vessel can be used for an area vacationer flight due in late 2021, though this may assist free sources for different missions.
Not surprisingly, Russia used the order as an opportunity to criticize American planning. The nation reportedly warned the US that it ought to have requested for extra seats upfront in case its goal of a spring 2020 business flight did not pan out. It takes “at the very least” two years for Energia to make a Soyuz spacecraft, Rogozin mentioned.
This is not essentially an indication of a great hassle for the US. SpaceX remains to be hoping for a Crew Dragon journey in early 2020, and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner won’t be far behind. Nevertheless, the additional building suggests there is probably not a fast transition towards all-American launches — the two nations might need to cooperate for some time but.