- US Negotiating to Buy One or Two Seats on Russia's Soyuz Flights to Space Station - NASA
US Negotiating To Buy One Or Two Seats On Russia's Soyuz Flights To Space Station - NASA
Daniyal Sohail 6 days ago Sat 15th February 2020 | 03:10 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th February, 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 told Sputnik.
"NASA intends to purchase one or two additional Soyuz seats to ensure continuous US presence aboard the International Space Station," NASA Johnson Space Center 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.