Roscosmos and NASA signed a contract for the delivery of an American astronaut on a manned spacecraft Soyuz MS to the ISS in the fall of 2020. The press service of the Russian state corporation announced this on Tuesday, May 12. “A contract was signed today for the delivery of one American astronaut to the ISS on a Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz MS in the fall of 2020,” the Russian Space Agency said.
The state corporation did not disclose the contract amount, citing “commercial secrets”
On May 12, NASA issued a statement of completion with Roscosmos to purchase space for an American astronaut on the Soyuz spacecraft.
According to the official representative of the American space department Stephanie Schirholz, a place for one crew member in the fall of 2020 on the Soyuz will cost more than $ 90.25 million.
According to Interfax, the flight is scheduled for October, the launch will take place from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
In 2011, NASA ceased its own manned flights after the completion of the operation of Space Shuttle reusable ships. Currently, Russia is a monopolist in the issue of crew delivery to the ISS.
On May 27, the first manned flight of the American ship Crew Dragon from SpaceX to the ISS will take place for the first time in nine years.