Rogozin: Roscosmos is not negotiating with NASA on the delivery of astronauts to the ISS using Crew Dragon
Dmitry Rogozin, general director of the state corporation Roscosmos, denied the media reports about the negotiations with NASA on delivering Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station (ISS) using SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft.
“No, we are not. What for? We have our own ships, “ Rogozin wrote on Twitter, commenting on the Gazeta.ru publication on this matter.
Recall that the head of SpaceX Elon Musk, during a press conference held after the successful launch of the Crew-2 mission to the ISS, confirmed the possibility of delivering astronauts to the space station. “Of course, it would be a matter of honor for us to bring astronauts to Crew Dragon,” he said.
Currently, NASA delivers astronauts aboard the ISS using the crewed Crew Dragon spacecraft, although the Russian corporation’s Soyuz was previously used for this purpose. The last time an American astronaut was flown to the ISS by a Russian spacecraft was last October. The delivery of one astronaut on the Roskosmos spacecraft cost NASA about $ 90 million.