The US will continue to use the Russian Soyuz aircraft to transport their astronauts to the ISS and return them to Earth by 2020, thus ensuring that scheduled flights of new US aircraft are delayed, Sputniku said.
The dependence of the American part of the Russian Sojuz extends from December 2019 to April 2020.
According to experts, "the following scheme has now been envisaged: two NASA astronauts remain at ISS for nine months instead of the usual six, so Nick Hague will fly on March 14 to Soyuz MS-12 and return to Earth on December 18 Soyuzu MS, and Andrew Morgan will travel to spacecraft Soyuz MS-13 on July 6 and land on Sojuz MS-15 in April 2020. "
The agency's spokesman said it would allow NASA to have at least one astronaut in the US part of the station to ensure its maintenance, thereby ensuring the delay of regular flights of its crewed ships.
Earlier, the other source informed Sputnik that Russia would meet in December 2019, month and a half before the deadline, its obligations to the US regarding the transfer of US astronauts to ISS and their return to the country.
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Since 2011, when the US closed its ferry program, NASA began using Russian aircraft Soyuz to send its astronauts to space.