back to article Two weeks before the first US commercial crew launch, NASA spanks more cash on an autumn Soyuz seat

Great news, everyone (if you're Russian): NASA is hedging its bets on Commercial Crew and SpaceX by spanking a few more million dollars on another Soyuz seat this autumn. The announcement comes a fortnight before SpaceX is due to send Space Shuttle veterans Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on a 19-hour ride to the International …

  1. Spherical Cow Bronze badge

    Nice simulator.

    Bloody tricky at the end though.

    1. John Robson Silver badge

      Re: Nice simulator.

      Trust the numbers...

      The pictures will look after themselves.

      Docked at about 4cm/s, couldn't recall the normal docking speed.

      Haven't seen if it will kerbal a collision or just declare failure.

  2. Flocke Kroes Silver badge

    Selective memory

    SpaceX/Dragon was supposed to be only one half of the commercial crew program. There is in fact a completely separate launch system so that one would be available even if the other one failed. The most recent delay to Crew Demo 2 was because Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley had to spend spend weeks learning to do all the jobs that the other team were going to do but can't because their ride needs working software.

  3. David Hicklin


    I know they have to learn Russian to rode the Soyuz, is this requirement lifted using the USA rides ?

  4. Alex Yakov

    Hitchhikers should and will continue to Hitchhike on Russian Space Vehicles to mainly Russian build Space Station. Rebyata Cosmonauts keep an eye on them so, make sure that they stay away from the drills.

    VP Pence on 15/11/2019 ordered NASA, Boeing, SpaceX to "Stop Hitching rides on Russian Space Vehicles to mainly Russian build Space Station by 11/15/2020". What will happen now to Hitchhikers and those organizations.

    1. John Robson Silver badge

      If you’re paying $80m then it’s hardly hitching

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