NASA Astronauts to Continue Flying on Soyuz Post Commercial Crew
NASA astronauts will continue flying on Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft even after U.S. commercial crew systems come on line and Russian cosmonauts will fly on the U.S. systems according to NASA astronaut Jeff Williams. The point is to ensure that all crew members are cross-trained on the various systems.
Williams is getting ready to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 18 with two Russian crewmates, Alexei Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka. During a pre-flight press conference at NASA’s Johnson Space Center last week, he said it is “fair to say, to assume” that there “will be continue to be one U.S crew member on every Soyuz and one Russian cosmonaut on every U.S. commercial vehicle.”
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