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NASA to pay Russia $88 mln to deliver astronauts to world’s sole orbiter in 2018-2019

May 16, 20:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW
NASA earlier reported about extending its agreement with Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos on the delivery of US astronauts to the ISS aboard Soyuz spacecraft
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MOSCOW, May 16. /TASS/. Russia has signed a contract with the United States to deliver six NASA astronauts aboard Russian-made Soyuz MS spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2018-2019, according to a quarterly report released by Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation on Monday.

Energiya Corporation is the producer of Russian spacecraft.

According to the document, NASA will pay Russia 5.7 billion rubles ($88 million) for the delivery of NASA astronauts to the ISS and their return to the Earth. The deal was signed on January 27.

November 2019 is mentioned in the contract as the term of work completion. Formally, the deal will be approved at an annual meeting of Energiya’s shareholders.

NASA earlier reported about extending its agreement with Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos on the delivery of US astronauts to the ISS aboard Soyuz spacecraft.

NASA didn’t specify the term, for which the additional agreement to the contract with Roscosmos was intended. It was reported that Russia would be paid an additional $490 million for these services. However, media reports earlier said this deal between the space agencies of Russia and the US was designed until the end of 2017.

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