Russia is ready to send its own astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon ships. Earlier in the Russian Federation spoke disdainfully about SpaceX technologies
Russia is ready to send astronauts aboard Elon Musk’s ship / Photo: NASA
NASA has long tried to negotiate with Roscosmos on mixed crew flights for each mission to ensure both countries have a presence on the ISS and the ability to serve their separate segments.
Nevertheless Russians until recently did not trust the Crew Dragon ship, despite the fact that he has already completed four successful missions and will go back to the ISS one of these days.
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But during the International Astronautical Congress, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said the Crew Dragon was ready to transport Russians.
“In our opinion, SpaceX has already gained enough experience so that we can send our astronauts to the Crew Dragon,” Rogozin quotes spacenews.com.
The first flight of the Russian astronaut on Crew Dragon may take place in the second half of 2022.
Why Russia didn’t trust Crew Dragon
In 2014, against the backdrop of US sanctions, the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin threatened to refuse to carry American astronauts to the ISS.
“After analyzing the sanctions against our space industry, I propose that the United States deliver its astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline,” Rogozin wrote on Facebook at the time, creating a real meme.
In 2020, SpaceX successfully launched the Crew Dragon, after which Elon Musk pricked the Russian: “The trampoline works.”
However, in Russia all did not calm down in any way. Rogozin remembered his superiority again when NASA agreed with Roscosmos to send their astronaut on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft in the spring of 2021.
Their “trampoline” seems to work so-so. Flights to the ISS are unstable, and therefore there was an urgent need to hedge and send your boyfriend on our ship so as not to leave the station unattended at all, “Rogozin said.