The Launch Crew DragonФото: Thom Baur / Reuters
The Director of the National office for Aeronautics and space research (NASA) James Breidenstein opened further perspectives of cooperation with “Roskosmos” after launching in the U.S. manned spacecraft Crew Dragon to the International space station (ISS). He told about it during a briefing, translirovalis on the Agency’s website.
According to him, cooperation between Russia and the United States in the space sector will continue. “They [“Roscosmos”] believe in partnership, and I think it will remain strong,” expressed confidence Breidenstein.
He added that he spoke personally with the head of the Russian Corporation Dmitry Rogozin after the start of Crew Dragon, but saw his statements. “Of course, he was congratulated by NASA and the SpaceX company. He spoke in the sense that it is a joyful day not only for us but for them”, — said the head of NASA.
In fact, Rogozin spoke about the launch the Crew Dragon. The success of the United States commented Executive Director of “Rosatom” Sergey Krikalev. He greeted us and colleagues announced the beginning of a new phase in the manned program.
May 30 at 22:22 Falcon 9 rocket with the manned spacecraft Crew Dragon kicked off with the 39th launch complex of the Space center named after John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Florida. Launch to the ISS was the second for Crew Dragon and the first passing crew on Board. The docking of the Crew Dragon and the ISS should take place approximately 19 hours after the start.
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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