FP trendMay 15, 2020 4:01:28 PM IST
The National Aerospace Agency (NASA) is paying more than $ 90 million to the Russian space agency Roscosmos to purchase an additional Soyuz seat to launch in the fall.
NASA spokesman Josh Finch said SpaceNews NASA would compensate Roscosmos for knocking a Russian cosmonaut off the plane by flying part of its cargo to the station in a U.S.-built spacecraft.
The deal includes the Soyuz spacecraft seat as well as various training, pre-launch and post-landing services.
The negotiation was closed. “to ensure the agency (NASA) continues its commitment to secure operations through a continued U.S. presence on board the International Space Station until commercial crew capabilities are routinely available. “
Commercial US crew members will be available between 2020 and 2021, and the US space agency would no longer need to buy a Soyuz seat. reported Space.com citing NASA spokeswoman Stephanie Schierholz.
The decision to buy a seat is not surprising, as NASA announced last fall that it would buy at least one additional seat to ensure that the United States continues to be present on the ISS.
Chris Cassidy is currently the only NASA astronaut present on the station. It reached the last Soyuz seat there that was available to NASA in April. Cassidy is expected to return later this year.
The US space agency announced a two-seat deal for Soyuz last year with Roscosmos.
The requirement to purchase an additional seat was required due to a delay in the commercial crew program from both Boeing and SpaceX.
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