The head of the American space Agency NASA Jim Breidenstein first came to Russia. During the visit, he met with Rogozin, gave a lecture at Moscow state University and gave an interview to Russian media
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The head of NASA Jim Breidenstein gave an interview to “Interfax”, in which he spoke about the prospects for the use of “Unions” by U.S. astronauts and the benefits of commercialization of space. On 11 October he will ponablyudat the launch of another Russian spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome.
Breidenstein reminded that, in accordance with current plans, the United States will cease direct funding of the ISS by 2025. It said the head of NASA is to “commercialize low earth orbit”. “NASA intends therefore to act as one of the customers in low-earth orbit and have multiple vendors that will compete with each other in the area of costs and innovation. If we have a competitive project in low earth orbit, where they can constantly be people, and NASA will be one of the customers, and if we will have a large number of vendors competing with each other in the area of costs and innovation, then costs are lowered and services will become available,” he said. The released means to direct on financing of lunar and Martian projects.
The transition to the launches of American astronauts now use Russian “the Unions” on private spacecraft, said Breidenstein does not mean the termination of cooperation with Russia in the delivery of cargo and astronauts into orbit. Now the start of commercial launches with humans aboard is scheduled for 2019, while the space on “Unions” the American astronauts are guaranteed until 2020. “But, of course, we want to ensure strong partnerships and once we have commercial crew. We assume that our astronauts will fly on Soyuz, the astronauts will use the services of commercial launches together with the astronauts. We want to continue close cooperation in the future”, — said the head of NASA.