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Roscosmos does not consider Orion spacecraft for crossed missions

NASA relies on SpaceX and Boeing

Lockheed Martin's Orion spacecraft is not currently considered for sending Russian astronauts into space. Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Vice General Manager Sergey Saveliev said it on Tuesday at "Paris Airshow" in Le Bourget, as "Tass" agency reported. NASA has entrusted SpaceX and Boeing with the task of bringing American astronauts into space again. After the closure of "Space Shuttle" program in 2011, US crews reached International Space Station on Russian Soyuz shuttle. United States and Russia are discussing about chances to organize crossed missions, with American astronauts on Soyuz spaceships and Russian cosmonauts on US carriers. "At the moment this possibility is under discussion, primarily on international legal issues", said Saveliev: "This dialogue regards Boeing and SpaceX spacecraft, Orion spacecraft is not currently considered".

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