NASA’s Commercial Crow program did not exactly meet the agency’s forecast, but at least so far it has had good results in sending the astronaut to the International Space Station. However, it seems that NASA has not yet been able to become fully self-sufficient with SpaceX’s Crow Dragon program, and once again needs Russia to send its astronauts to the space station.
This space organization Says in a press release Once again, it rents the seat of the Soyuz spacecraft from the Russian space agency Roscosmos to take its astronaut to the International Space Station. NASA has reserved one of the Soyuz MS-18 mission seats for NASA to send American astronaut Mark Wendy Hee to the space station.
NASA hoped that it would no longer need to rent Russian spacecraft seats this year because of its Commercial Challenge program. SpaceX’s Crow Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner should have allowed NASA (and other countries) astronauts to be sent to and from the International Space Station by now, but the postponement of Boeing’s Starliner project and NASA’s desire for a permanent presence on the space station The organization once again needed Russian missile seats.
Negotiations between the two countries over sharing missile seats (rather than buying them) have intensified in recent months. Following NASA’s success in the Cru Dragon mission, it made sense for the two countries to return to their previous agreement to share spacecraft seats in order to save money. But Mark Wendy Hee’s trip will certainly not be part of these negotiations.
NASA actually paid for the trip by offering one of its commercial spacecraft seats to Axiom. “NASA is working with Boeing and SpaceX to provide safe and reliable transportation of spacecraft to and from the International Space Station,” the space agency said in a statement. The recent success of the SpaceX Demo-2 mission, and the launch, connection to the station, and orbital operations with the Crow-1 mission are significant achievements in establishing a platform for transportation by US commercial spacecraft from American soil. “The upcoming Cruze-2 SpaceX mission, along with the second unmanned launch of the Boeing Starliner, is a sign of continued progress.”