American dilemma: the pride of “hegemon” or flights to the ISS with the Russians

Starting in 2011, after the closure of the Space Shuttle program, American astronauts fly to the ISS on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. But next year, the contract between NASA and Roskosmos ends, and US representatives did not renew it.


The thing is that after the "cooling" of relations with our country, the Americans began to build their own transport system at an accelerated pace, so that in the future they would not be dependent on Russia. The leaders were SpaceX and Boeing, which created the Crew Dragon and Starliner spacecraft, respectively. However, during the testing of promising ships every now and then problems arise, and the terms of the manned mission are constantly delayed.

In particular, during the testing of the Crew Dragon emergency rescue system, the latter simply exploded. After that, the head of SpaceX Corporation, Ilon Mask, began to be asked a lot of “uncomfortable” questions about spending budget funds. In turn, the functionary promised to send the first astronauts to the ISS next year.

Despite Musk’s assurances, NASA was still “nervous” and turned to Roskosmos with a request to find additional space for them on the Soyuz spacecraft. However, our country refused.

At the same time, the reason for the negative response was by no means “strained relations”, but a banal lack of places. The thing is that the construction of one "Union" takes 2,5 - 3 years. That is why all contracts are signed for several years in advance, and Russia has repeatedly warned its American colleagues about this. Now, an additional NASA astronaut flight in 2020 can take place only if our astronauts give way to them. But this option is completely excluded, as it will entail the failure of the Russian space program.

In this case, the Americans can only hope that SpaceX and Boeing will fulfill their promises and finish work on their own ships next year. Otherwise, NASA will again have to “beg” Congress to extend the contract with Roskosmos, which will not be easy.

It is worth recalling that congressmen have repeatedly tried to introduce a ban on the supply of our RD-180 engines in the United States. However, the decision was constantly delayed due to the lack of replacement for Russian units.

And everything would be fine, if not for another piquant detail. It is the RD-180 that should be used to launch the promising Boeing Starliner ship.

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  1. Sergey39 Offline
    Sergey39 (Sergei) 22 October 2019 13: 27
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    They will have to take advantage of Rogozin's offer - a trampoline.
  2. 123 Offline
    123 (123) 22 October 2019 19: 45
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    Imagine if in an article to swap Russia and America, what would happen now in the comments. wassat Rogozin would hiccup a month without a break. lol
    And then nothing, silence. Where are you, unbroken fighters with Roscosmos? request
  3. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 23 October 2019 11: 09
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    Someone from this news was out of breath with joy. And do you believe that Rogozin and Co. will give up $ million? That's when the Americans do not fly, then we will rejoice! Do you remember that our formidable warnings at least once until the end were executed?
    1. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 23 October 2019 16: 30
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      Someone from this news, joy was breathless.

      Even the pulse has not changed. no

      And do you believe that Rogozin and Co. will give up $ million?

      Do you remember that our formidable warnings at least once until the end were executed?

      I think in this case they will refuse. The thing is that the construction of one "Union" takes 2,5 - 3 years.
      Do you think Rogozin will drop off our astronaut, they say, sit still, they paid more here? Our "formidable warnings" have nothing to do with it.

      That's when the Americans do not fly, then we will rejoice!

      It's not about joy but about objectivity. Firstly, it is far from a fact that the Americans will not have time to finish their ship, although the likelihood of such a development is high. It’s just that not all plans are realized, especially on time. Both here and abroad. But when something doesn’t work out, in our comments no one is particularly restrained, here there is corruption, and cuts, and curvature, etc., they say, "not what they have." We are sure that with us the rocket will not fly, and the gas pipeline will not be completed, and all debts will be forgiven, and in general, all will be added with salt.
    2. Yuri Nemov Offline
      Yuri Nemov (Yuri Nemov) 24 October 2019 09: 03
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      Judging by your comment, your breath was stolen. And as for the warning ... I don’t even know what will be more humiliating for the Americans. The fact that they will not be taken at all, or at first they will be forced to beg for money, and then they will say so lazily: they say, okay, we persuaded you, we can take your tourist with us into space, you yourself cannot.
    3. 123 Offline
      123 (123) 31 October 2019 20: 30
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      Someone from this news was out of breath with joy. And do you believe that Rogozin and Co. will give up $ million? That's when the Americans do not fly, then we will rejoice! Do you remember that our formidable warnings at least once until the end were executed?

      Unfortunately, you were right. hi Only a week has passed and ....

      According to the head of Roscosmos, due to the failures of the American program, Russia will have to ensure the delivery of US astronauts to the ISS. "We will try to help our American colleagues and squeeze our crews," Rogozin said. According to him, this will violate the plans of the Russian Federation

      Citizen Rogozin in my personal decency rating collapsed into the plinth depths negative You can’t do this. stop Of course, you can make additional ships, but at the expense of the Russian cosmonauts ....
      That's just the joy of the fact that

      Americans will not fly

      I have not experienced.
  4. VasiliyKhilkov Offline
    VasiliyKhilkov (Vasiliy) 24 October 2019 09: 01
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    So let the congressmen harness and ride.
  5. olbert Offline
    olbert (Albert) 24 October 2019 09: 08
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    But the question is: on what engine did the rocket deliver the Americans to the moon? Why can't NASA copy its own product 50 years ago?