State Corporation “Roscosmos” doesn’t plan to contract with NASA and the European space Agency to deliver astronauts to the ISS after 2018. This was told to journalists by the Deputy General Director of state Corporation Sergey Savelyev, reports “Interfax”.
“We are working with foreign partners within the framework of existing agreements, to enter into new contracts is not planned”, — Savelyev said, noting that while early to speak about prolongation of the term of the contract or extension of current agreements.
This information was confirmed by the American side. The Deputy head of NASA’s manned spaceflight William Gerstenmaier explained to journalists that “there are, however, two companies that are developing manned spacecraft” (quoted by “Interfax”). According to him, in 2018 astronauts will be delivered to the ISS in both U.S. and Russian ships.
Earlier, Savel’ev argued, that now has contracts for 2017 and 2018, but to talk about the contract at a later date is too early. However, the interviewee noted that “Rosatom” carries on negotiations with NASA on this topic.
In mid-March, a source familiar with the situation on the conclusion of contracts for the delivery of American astronauts to the ISS, told “Interfax” that the delay in signing the contract between NASA and Roscosmos for 2018-2019 could create a difficult situation for both us partners and the ISS in General.
In the summer of 2015, the Agency reported that NASA and Roskosmos can sign a contract that will expand the implementation of the agreement on the delivery of astronauts to the ISS in 2018 and the first half of 2019. The extension time was estimated at least $1.2 billion, but the contract was never signed.
Now there is the fifth agreement between the American Agency and the Russian state Corporation. Its cost is estimated at $458 million. the Agreement provides for the delivery of six astronauts to the ISS in 2017.