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The head of the space policy Institute Ivan Moiseev found favor for Russia in the launch of United States spacecraft Crew Dragon crew to the International space station (ISS), RIA Novosti reported.
According to him, the launch of the us manned spacecraft Russia will make you wonder about the condition of the space. “We need to understand that with this launch company SpaceX, which employs 6 thousand people a space power on par with the “Roscosmos”, which employs 250 thousand people,” — said Moiseev.
He added that negative point from the start of the Crew Dragon is that Russia has lost contracts for the sale of seats on the Soyuz spacecraft to deliver astronauts to the ISS. Moscow used its monopoly position for propaganda purposes, so the United States decided this question, the expert said.
Previously the Director of the state Corporation “Rosatom” Sergey Krikalev said that the launch Crew Dragon opens a new stage for the world’s space programs. “The success of this mission will give us additional opportunities that will benefit the entire international program,” he said.
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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