US negotiating to buy one or two seats on Soyuz
by Staff Writers
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 17, 2020
The United States is negotiating to buy one or two seats on upcoming Russian Soyuz flights to the International Space Station (ISS) to ensure the continued presence of US astronauts on it, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) official said.
"NASA intends to purchase one or two additional Soyuz seats to ensure continuous US presence aboard the International Space Station," NASA Johnson Space Centre Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot said on Friday. "Negotiations are ongoing."
The spokesman said that the negotiated deal meets recommendations of US advisory committees, including the Government Accountability Office, and aims to provide additional back-up capability in case US crew flights are delayed.
Huot's comments followed Roscosmos Director Dmitri Rogozin's comments on Thursday that NASA was seeking to purchase an unnamed number of seats on upcoming manned Russian flights to the ISS.
The United States currently does not have any human-rated space booster of its own operational. NASA's last purchased seat on a Soyuz is the one to be used by astronaut Chris Cassidy in April 2020.
According to Sputnik's sources, the spring launch is scheduled for April 9, while the fall launch will take place on 14 October.
Source: RIA Novosti
Northrop postpones Antares rocket launch in Virginia on Sunday
Orlando FL (UPI) Feb 09, 2020
Northrop Grumman postponed a cargo capsule launch to the International Space Station from Virginia at 5:44 p.m. EST Sunday. Northrop launch controllers announced an abort less than three minutes before liftoff was scheduled to occur. The company's Antares rocket was prepared to carry the disposable Cygnus capsule on the company's CRS-13 mission from Pad 0A at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. The capsule was loaded with 8,000 pounds of science expe ... read more
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