As it became known, NASA’s budget for 2022 does not contain funds for the purchase of seats on board the Soyuz spacecraft to send astronauts to the ISS.
At the same time, the financial director of NASA said that the United States and Russia will continue to cooperate in the framework of the interchange process, that is, Russian cosmonauts will fly to the ISS on the SpaceX Crew Dragon, and the American ones will continue to use the Soyuz. However, recently Roskosmos announced that there are no relevant agreements yet, but the options are being discussed.
Since 2006, the United States has acquired 72 seats from Russia on the Soyuz ships, which cost the Americans $ 4 billion. Now NASA has SpaceX, and for the first time in more than 10 years, American astronauts can fully rely on their own spacecraft.