The Russian manned cosmonautics has been paying off for a long time due to cooperation with the American side, Dmitry Rogozin, Roscosmos CEO, told RIA Novosti.
“Despite the high costs, this area (manned astronautics) is not particularly costly, it can indirectly pay for itself. For a long time this happened due to cooperation with the USA, including due to the monopoly established at a certain point in delivering people and cargo to the ISS (International Space Station). This situation persists to this day, but it is clear that it is temporary, ”said Rogozin.
According to him, "as the Americans transfer to their own transport system, it is important for us to intensify international cooperation in manned programs in other areas."
In March, the first flight took place (in unmanned mode) to the ISS of the SpaceX manned spacecraft Crew Dragon.
In June 2018, Roskosmos and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center signed a preliminary agreement on the preparation of an UAE astronaut and his backup for a flight on the Soyuz MS to the ISS in April 2019. Currently, this mission is postponed to autumn.
In September 2014, SpaceX and Boeing were named the winners of the CCtCap (Commercial Crew Transportation Capability) program, which envisions the creation of US manned spacecraft for flights to near-Earth orbit. The SpaceX Crew Dragon project received 2.6 billion dollars, Boeing Starliner – 4.2 billion.
NASA’s last manned space flight took place in July 2011. After the closure of the American Space Shuttle program, delivery of people to the ISS was carried out exclusively by the Russian ships Soyuz TMA, Soyuz TMA-M and Soyuz MS. The amount that the US paid Russia for space transportation services is about three billion dollars. Currently, the cost of one space for an astronaut in the "Union of MS" is 82 million dollars.
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