The American space Agency NASA has no plans to renew the contract with Roscosmos for delivery of astronauts to the ISS after 2018, said the Deputy head of the American space Agency for manned programs William Gerstenmaier. The services of the Russian “Unions” Americans use upon the closure of the Shuttle program, on Sunday next, the spacecraft was installed on the launch pad of Baikonur.
Gerstenmaier, stressed that the U.S. manned spacecraft, which NASA plans to deliver its astronauts to the ISS, will be prepared as scheduled. It is expected that after the launch of its program, American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts will be able to fly into orbit, netting, reports TASS.
Now the crew of the ISS to deliver to the station, only Russian spacecraft “Soyuz” – the Americans began to fly them in 2012, after the cessation of operation of the Shuttle. American and European ships delivered to the ISS only loads.
In the United States currently developing new manned spacecraft – Dragon from SpaceX and CST-100 from Boeing Cockpit. The first manned flight of Dragon is planned for 2017, the CST-100 by 2018.
In June, the head of state Corporation “Rosatom” Igor Komarov said that the Russian side is prepared to offer US new contracts, if NASA will not have time to 2018 to create your own spaceships for flights to ISS.