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The launch of the spacecraft Crew Dragon crew to the International space station (ISS) will be the turning point for the “Roscosmos”, which will lose the orders from NASA for spacecraft “Soyuz”, told “Izvestia” head of the space policy Institute Ivan Moiseev.
“In the best years we’ve got 300 million to $ 500 million in today’s prices. And the Americans have a year or two to reduce the number of orders. So from the point of view of our economy is a heavy blow,” — said the expert.
According to him, “now we have to focus mainly on the domestic market”, where “Roscosmos” provides “for free, that is paid for them by the state.” Moses is confident that the Corporation is missing “extrinsic motivation”, resulting in “Roscosmos” “minimizes new technologies and actively improving the old, proven”.
So the expert commented on the planned for may 27 the Crew Dragon launch us company SpaceX, which must be the first spacecraft with a crew that is running the United States since July 2011. Currently, the start was delayed because of weather conditions, is scheduled for may 30.
Since 2011, people are delivered to the ISS only Russian manned spacecraft series “the Union”. The corresponding contract between NASA and Roscosmos, involving the delivery to the ISS, one astronaut $ 90 million, expires in October 2020.
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