Russia and the United States discuss mixed flights to the ISS on Soyuz vehicles and NASA

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Russia and the United States are discussing the possibility to continue flights of international crews, after the new American spacecraft will fly to the International space station, told reporters the head of the cosmonaut training Center (TSPK) Gagarin, Pavel Vlasov.

Currently, the only country to deliver crews to the ISS is Russia.

«Now we are discussing a question that we were flying mixed crews. That is, NASA astronauts, one continue to fly on the Soyuz spacecraft, and will fly in the ships of NASA,» he said.

According to Vlasov, this will increase the reliability of the missions of the ISS in the event of any delay starts.

After the closing of the project Space Shuttle in 2011, the US has lost independent access to space. Flights of American astronauts to the International space station since then carried out only on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. It is expected that Boeing and SpaceX will make the first manned flight to the end of 2018 or mid-2019, but the exact timing is not yet defined.

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