Russian cosmonauts will not be able to fly on SpaceX Crew Dragon until 2022

With three piloted boats in the back Spacex now flying astronauts representing not only NASA, but also the European and Japanese space agencies. But a glaring absence: Russia.

Despite months of ongoing negotiations, NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, have yet to agree on a system for swapping places when traveling to International space station… Under this scheme, NASA astronauts will continue to fly on Russian Soyuz spacecraft, while Russian cosmonauts will board American commercial vehicles such as SpaceX’s Crew Dragon… It’s a system that NASA has loudly endorsed while waiting for the first commercial vehicles to reach the launch pad, and it’s unclear if there is any significant disagreement slowing down negotiations.

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