UN mission in Ukraine has no powers to assess situation in Crimea, diplomats noteWorld September 25, 21:11
Gentlefan continues: Manchester United fans to get raincoats ahead of encounter with CSKASport September 25, 20:30
US-led coalition denies charges of US units leading Syrian 'opposition' through IS linesWorld September 25, 18:49
Supplies of S-400 systems to Turkey may begin within two yearsMilitary & Defense September 25, 18:14
Ukraine involved in illegal arms deliveries to South Sudan — Amnesty InternationalWorld September 25, 18:01
Russian general's death in Syria result of US double-dealing in war on terror — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 17:42
Russia's top diplomat says conditions in Syria ripe for defeating terroristsRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 17:07
Russian envoy notes US actions in Syria as Washington's true colors on anti-terror policyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 25, 17:00
Economy minister believes new technologies will drive Russia’s economyBusiness & Economy September 25, 16:50
NEW YORK, January 27. /TASS/. US private companies Boeing and SpaceX have announced plans to carry out their first manned test flights to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2017.
The average cost to fly astronauts to the orbital complex from the US soil will be $58 million a seat, the representatives of the companies told a press conference in Houston, Texas, on Monday.
Currently, international crews fly to the ISS only on Russian Soyuz spacecraft. NASA administrator Charles Bolden said Russian space agency Roscosmos charges NASA some $71 million per seat.
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said the manned spacecraft, which are being developed jointly with Boeing, could carry four astronauts and a large amount of cargo. She said Russia’s Soyuz holds a maximum of three people, including a pilot. In the future, the companies promise to send five astronauts to the ISS.
The US companies plan to have least two “robust providers” for crew transport, in case one of them has technical problems. Each spacecraft is to provide up to six missions.