It should be noted that NASA plans to deliver tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) using American manned spacecraft. Prior to this, Roscosmos was a monopolist in the market for such services and from 2001 to 2009 sent seven tourists to the ISS.
At the same time, NASA carried out the last manned flight in 2011. So after the closure of the American Space Shuttle program (Space Shuttle - “Space Shuttle”), people were delivered to the ISS exclusively by the Soviet-Russian one-time three-seater spacecraft Soyuz TMA, Soyuz TMA-M and Soyuz MS. By the way, during this time, the United States paid Russia about $ 3 billion for space transportation services (the price of one seat for an astronaut in Soyuz MS is $ 82 million).
In turn, the Russian state corporation has already responded to the Pentagon’s actions and condemned them, calling it another manifestation of unfair competition of Washington in the international space services market. Roskosmos believes that such a decision could adversely affect international cooperation in organizing regular launches of spacecraft into target orbits on a commercial basis.
In fact, this is an attempt to deprive American manufacturers of the opportunity to work with the Russian rocket and space industry, to artificially limit the use of Russian launch vehicles on the international market. The Pentagon wants to destroy what has been so created and maintained in Russian-American space relations
- says the statement of "Roskosmos", which is published on the official website.
It should be added that on May 28, 2019, the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that while the United States will switch to its own transport system, Russia needs to intensify international cooperation (on manned programs) in other areas.
Despite the high costs, this area (manned space exploration - ed.) Is not purely costly, it can indirectly pay off. For a long time, this was due to cooperation with the United States, including due to the monopoly that developed at a certain point in the delivery of people and cargo to the ISS. This situation persists to this day, but it is clear that it is temporary.
- Rogozin said.
We remind you that earlier we informed about how a partially reusable seven-seater ship Crew Dragon, an American company SpaceX, exploded during a fire test of engines.