atynews.com – Starting next year, Russia reportedly will no longer transport US astronauts (US) to the international space station (ISS).
Reporting from Russia Today, Saturday (01/09/2018), That was said by Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Yury Borisov in a press statement to the media.
He also added that the reason was because in April 2019 the contract was over.
“The landing of the Soyuz-MS spacecraft in April next year will complete the fulfillment of our obligations under a contract with NASA,” Borisov said.
Under the current contract, US astronauts use seats on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft to reach the ISS and return home. The US loses its capacity for manned space missions, after retiring from the Space Shuttle program and is completing replacements in the form of SpaceX Dragon capsules.
The cost of transporting US astronauts to ISS has varied over the years, with NASA paying around USD 81 million per seat in 2018, up from the lowest price of USD 21.8 million in 2007 and 2008.
It is not known whether the contract will be extended later or not. Since this news was revealed, there has been no official information from the US or NASA as the body responsible for it.