Thu, Dec 04, 2008
Manned Mission Will Fly To ISS In Fall 2011
NASA will continue its reliance on Russian spacecraft for
transport to the International Space Station. The agency recently
signed a $141 million modification to the current ISS contract with
the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew transportation services
planned through the spring of 2012.
The firm-fixed price extension covers comprehensive Soyuz
support, including all necessary training and preparation for
launch, crew rescue, and landing of a long-duration mission for
three station crew members.
The crew members will launch on two Soyuz vehicles in the fall
of 2011. They will land in the spring of 2012. The flights may be
used to meet NASA's obligations to its international partners for
transportation to and from the station.
The contract extension also provides for the two Soyuz flights
to carry limited cargo to and from the station and dispose of
trash. The cargo allowed per person is approximately 110 pounds
launched to the station, approximately 37 pounds returned to Earth,
and trash disposal of approximately 66 pounds.
NASA will rely solely on Russian spacecraft for transport
to-and-from the ISS once the space shuttle fleet is retired in
September 2010, until its next-generation Orion manned spacecraft
is ready sometime in 2015.
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