The head of the Russian space company said he plans to take steps to bring cosmonauts to the International Space Station via SpaceX.
According to Futurism, the news of the head of the Russian state space company, Dmitry Rogozin, is a “reversal“on the agency’s previous statements regarding the partnership with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. The publication reports that Rogozin previously said jokes and negative comments were made towards his agency by Musk when Rogozin said without Russia, the United States might as well “deliver his astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline“, to which Musk replied,”The trampoline is working“.
These statements were made a few years ago, and since then Rogozin has changed his tone to work with NASA and SpaceX – even inviting Musk for tea at his home in Russia last month. Now, Rogozin said: “In our opinion, SpaceX has already gained enough experience that we can put our cosmonauts on Crew Dragon.“, according to SpaceNews. Adding,”I think we’ll be able to discuss the candidates who might be going to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon – Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts who will be going to the space station aboard a Russian spacecraft.“
SpaceNews reports that a Russian cosmonaut could travel to the ISS via SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule as early as the second half of 2022. For more on this story, check out this link here.