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Contractual obligations of Russia to the United States for the delivery of the Western astronauts to the ISS will be completed in April 2019, RIA Novosti reported statement by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov
“Boarding ship “Soyuz MS” in April, completes the implementation of our obligations under a contract with NASA related to the delivery to the ISS and return from the station of American astronauts” — said the official opening of the meeting on the prospects of manned cosmonautics in the RSC “Energia”.
Borisov also noted that the creation of a new rocket “Soyuz-5”, which should fly for the first time in 2022, to restore Russia’s status as a leading space power. “To address the unique technically difficult task, but its implementation will restore and consolidate Russia’s status as a leading space power in the world,” — said Deputy Prime Minister.
Earlier docked to the ISS, the Russian manned Soyuz spacecraft leaked air.
Since 2011, the Russian Soyuz is the only means of delivering people to ISS. In 2019, the planned first manned flights of the American ships Dragon 2 and Starliner.
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