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U.S. to continue using Russian spacecraft after 2010

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:48 am via: source
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MOSCOW, – The U.S. ambassador to Moscow confirmed on Tuesday that the United States will continue to use Russian Soyuz spacecraft after space shuttles retire from service in 2010.

The soyuz spacecraft approaching the ISS. Credit: NASA

The soyuz spacecraft approaching the ISS. Credit: NASA

“Soon, when space shuttles are taken out of operation, we will only be using your Soyuz rockets to put our astronauts into orbit,” John Beyrle said in an online conference hosted by Gazeta.ru.

The new Orion spacecraft, still in development in the U.S., will not be put into service until 2014.

Soyuz spacecraft have been contracted to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA signed a contract with the Federal Space Agency Roscosmos to provide transportation services to the U.S. segment of the ISS with Russian Progress freighters and Soyuz manned spacecraft in 2007.

Under the $700 million contract, Russia will build two Soyuz and four Progress spacecraft for NASA.

Copyright 2009 RIA Novosti. All rights reserved.

1 Comments
bartox
Six missions - 4 of them unmanned - for $700 million?
Ouch, NASA is really hurting after the Shuttle retires!
I bet this deal is making some Russian industrialists and government figures lick their lip and wring their hands though!
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