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NASA-Roscosmos: asked for the reprogramming of the Soyuz missions

The cause is the delays of the Crew Dragon spacecraft

The Russian space agency (Roscosmos) could accept the proposal to schedule a further launch of a manned Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) advanced by the NASA, which has also requested to reschedule the MS-13 expedition scheduled for 6 July to the end of the month. This is because the Crew Dragon, produced by SpaceX, would be slightly behind in the roadmap and would be slowing down in fact the goal of the United States to transport astronauts autonomously to the ISS. Also for this reason it was asked to extend the Soyuz program and NASA's participation at least until February 2020, creating further launch windows in the coming months. The director of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin explained that the agency is also evaluating the NASA request "based on the opinion of the ballistic experts of the energy company Missile who have to assess whether it is possible to move forward the date of the next launch".

According to the local press, the launch of the crewed Crew Dragon spacecraft should be postponed to the end of November 2019, since some potentially critical problems would have been detected during the last humanless mission on board.

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