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NASA to continue using Russia's Soyuz spacecraft — Roscosmos head

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said US partners have already submitted several requests for using Soyuz spacecraft to deliver their astronauts to the ISS
Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin Sergei Savostyanov/TASS
Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin
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MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. NASA will continue to use Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to bring astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), director general of Russia's state space corporation Roscosmos Dmitrz Rogoyin told RBC news agency in an interview published on Thursday.

"Statements made by Americans that they will soon use their own spacecraft, turned out to be somewhat hasty," Rogozin said. "We now have requests from our US partners to continue using our spacecraft for transporting their astronauts. This will be beneficial for us as well," Rogozin said.

Rogozin added that Roscosmos plans to organize space tourist flights on Soyuz and cooperates with many partners, incluing the United Arab Emirates. Such programs and delivering astronauts to the ISS may bring "hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year," he noted.