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Russian government gives Roscosmos permission to negotiate astronaut barter deal

The Russian prime minister yesterday signed a decree giving Roscosmos permission to negotiate a astronaut exchange deal with NASA, whereby for every American that flies on a Soyuz to ISS one Russian would fly on either a Dragon or Starliner capsule.

NASA has been pushing for this arrangement for about a year, but Russia was at first skittish about flying on Dragon. Then its invasion of the Ukraine raised further barriers. Now that it is clear the Russians have no options in space but to stick with ISS for at least the next few years, the Russian government has relented and will allow this barter arrangement to go forward.

NASA had been pushing to put the first Russian on a Dragon in the fall. That flight is now likely to happen.

Of course, all this could change should things change drastically in the Ukraine. The partnership on ISS remains quite fragile politically, even if the astronauts and engineers and workers of both sides continue to work together well.


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  • Shallow Minded Reader

    Brandon and the DS are starting to bail on Zelensky. DOJ announces 46 Biolabs in Ukraine. They provided funding but others were operating them.

  • Ray Van Dune

    Don’t snatch defeat from victory! Let the Russians go their own way, since they have nothing to offer us but low value, and a stab in the back if they get the chance!

  • Jay

    I agree with you. I wonder what Rogozin will spout out now about this decree. Lately he reminds me of “Baghdad Bob” from Iraq.

    The war with Ukraine has killed all outside business with Roscosmos. Even if peace was made right now, I think that they will be hurting for business for the next three years.

  • pzatchok

    They get an emergency free ride home. That is all.

    Make them offer the US and NASA something substantial for a ride on our new pimp mobiles. No free rides in first class.

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