While the US looks to reduce its reliance on Russian rockets, Russia itself is hoping to help for some time yet. Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin as of late arranged the building of two more Soyuz MS shuttle, one of which will assist NASA with conveying space explorers to the International Space Station.
The choice follows a letter from NASA chief Jim Bridenstine warning of a delay in beginning American business shuttle flights. The US may require additional seats in 2020 and 2021, Rogozin stated, and this additional rocket will help after all other options have been exhausted.
The other Soyuz vessel would be utilized for a space visitor trip due in late 2021, in spite of the fact that this would help free assets for different missions.
As anyone might expect, Russia utilized the request as an opportunity to condemn American planning. The nation allegedly cautioned the US that it ought to have requested more seats ahead of time in the event that its goal of a spring 2020 business flight didn’t work out. It takes “in any event” two years for Energia to make a Soyuz shuttle, Rogozin said.
This isn’t really an indication of genuine issue for the US. SpaceX is as yet seeking after a Crew Dragon trip in mid 2020, and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner probably won’t be a long ways behind. In any case, the additional development proposes there may not be a fast change toward every American dispatch – the two nations may need to coordinate for some time yet.