Source: The USA will deliver astronauts to the ISS on the "Unions" until 2020

The United States will extend until April 2020 the use of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to deliver American astronauts to the International Space Station.

This informs RIA Novosti with reference to a source in the Russian rocket and space industry.

The source noted that, according to the new planned scheme, astronauts Nick Haig and Andrew Morgan will remain on the ISS for nine months, not six.

According to him, Haig will start on March 14, and will return to Earth on December 18. In this case, Morgan will go to the ISS on July 6, and will return to Earth in April 2020.

He added that this would allow NASA to have at least one astronaut on the US segment of the ISS for the purpose of serving it. The source believes that this will allow the US to hedge against the delay in the start of regular flights of new American manned ships.

“In other words, the dependence of the American side on the Russian“ Unions ”is extended from December 2019 until April 2020,” said a source.

Earlier, m24 reported that the VDNKh had developed an excursion about the life of astronauts on the ISS.