NASA To Carry On Sending Astronauts On Russian Soyuz

NASA To Carry On Sending Astronauts On Russian Soyuz

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NASA is expected to carry on soaring its astronauts on the Soyuz vehicle of Russia even after US commercial crew vehicles turn up, according to a new report. Nevertheless, nothing has been noticed formally yet, a spokesperson for the organization said. NASA retreated its space shuttle initiative in 2011 and has depended on Russian crafts since then to fly to the space station. NASA has an accord with Russia to soar members on Soyuz during at least 2019, and few of those members are declared already, the report mentioned.

The space agency has associated with 2 commercial crew suppliers—SpaceX and Boeing—to bring crafts for crews online. SpaceX declared its foremost uncrewed test flight in 2019 of the Dragon human spacecraft, whereas Boeing is anticipated to lift-off its own uncrewed trip in the subsequent months. After these vehicles are qualified for the journey, astronauts will travel to the ISS with them.

The space agency, in August, disclosed the names of 9 US astronauts who will soar on the foremost certification flights for SpaceX’s Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner. NASA stated these post-certification trips will be completely equipped and will be usual, long-duration rotation assignments, just similar to the assignments enabled by Soyuz at present. Schierholz further mentioned that having the US and Russian vehicles soaring concurrently will offer “redundancy in team hauling” to the ISS.

On the other end, the foremost of a new generation of GPS satellites developed for the US Air Force by Lockheed Martin is “talking” with operators and engineers after a fruitful launch a few days ago. The GPS III satellite, developed at Jefferson County unit of Lockheed Martin, launched on December 23 morning onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Initially, the liftoff was planned for December 18 but unspecified problems with sensor readings on the first stage of the rocket and severe weather postponed the launch.