Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

When seen through the lens of technology, few resources are truly scarce; they’re mainly inaccessible. 

 

Peter Diamandis

NASA Signs $490 Million Contract With Russia to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station

RATE THIS! +47
Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2015 03:01 PM by AlexMuller

Nasa has extended a contract with Russia's space agency for $490 million to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station amid a lack of Congressional funding, the US agency said Wednesday.

 

The United States will continue to rely exclusively on Russia to take astronauts to the orbiting outpost under the new contract, which runs until 2019, even as relations between the two countries have reached their lowest point since the Cold War. The United States has been dependent on Russia for ISS access since it ended its space shuttle program in July 2012.
 
Nasa said a lack of funding for development of private vessels by US companies Boeing and SpaceX over the last five years has left Nasa with no other option.
 
As a result, the United States will pay for use of space vessels belonging to the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), even as Washington imposes harsh economic sanctions on Russia over its suspected support of separatists fighting Kiev forces in eastern Ukraine.
 
Nasa Administrator Charles Bolden warned Congress in a letter Wednesday that Boeing and SpaceX may not be ready by the end of 2017 to carry out a plan to send up their first manned vessels if funding requested by President Barack Obama is not granted in the 2016 budget.
 
The program requires $1.24 billion to reach its goals, Bolden said. "The fastest path to bringing these new systems online, launching from America, and ending our sole reliance on Russia is fully funding Nasa's Commercial Crew Program in 2016," Bolden wrote.

Tags: spaceorbitISSRussiaNASAUSBoeingSpaceX

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-08-07
+1
It is important to invest in companies such as SpaceX and Boeing for their future missions and advances. However, it is also good to see that science can win over politics and secure international collaborations on projects such as ISS Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Science on 2017-11-20 00:42:21
    Small steps forward as UN climate talks end in Bonn..read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-11-20 00:37:56
    US gov should support SpaceX and develop moon bases..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-11-18 21:15:58
    Companies are realising that renewable energy is good for.....read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-11-18 21:07:25
    California may reach 50% renewable power goal by 2020; 10.....read more
    Posted in Hardware on 2017-11-17 18:02:34
    Tesla unveils a truck and a roadster..read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Martian landscapes formed from sand 'levitating' on a little.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Scientists detect comets outside our solar system..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Advanced artificial limbs mapped in the brain..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Bacteria have a sense of touch..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Recurrent brain cancer: New hope with phase 1 clinical trial.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me