USA as of July of 2019 spent $3.9 billion on the delivery of its astronauts by a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS, according to a report on NASA.
Now the situation is a stalemate, says the Manager of one of the enterprises of the space industry:
– Both promising vehicle developed in 2014, but testing CrewDragon accompanied by serious technical difficulties (the first flight, the temperature inside the vehicle reached 80°C, leading to melting of a braid of cables), and the Cockpit is still not connected to the program of test launches due to the unavailability of a number of systems. Ask for help to Russia, NASA decided only when there is a threat to the American segment offline.
Now the negotiations will go is not so much about buying places much at all about the possibility for NASA to send a manned mission with the help of spacecraft “Soyuz-MS”. Previously, the Agency has requested space on the ships to the ISS in the fourth quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021.
– Remember, eight years ago, the United States has lost the ability to self-manned space flight, and depend them from Russia. And these people still claim they “flew” to the moon, supposedly, “lost” drawings for those missiles.