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Old October 15th 18, 07:40 AM posted to sci.space.policy
William Elliot[_4_]
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Default Soyuz Rocket Launch Failure Forces Emergency Landing of Soyuz!

On Sun, 14 Oct 2018, Jeff Findley wrote:
says...

For years the US been dependent upon Russia for ISS access.
That's how reliable US is.


Yes we have because the US Congress has consistently given SLS/Orion
more funding than it asked for and has consistently short changed
commercial crew. In recent years they've fully funded commercial
crew, but the damage has already been done to the program. Here we
are at the cusp of flying test flights for commercial crew and we're
essentially waiting on NASA "paperwork" before they can fly.
Hopefully the current schedules hold so that crew will start flying
on them in 2019.


Use NASA's flypaper to stop those pesky rockets.

The thing that I find most troubling though is that even when
commercial crew is flying, NASA will still fly astronauts on Soyuz
in exchange for flying Russian cosmonauts on commercial crew.


Why?

If I had to pick between the two, I
would not choose to fly on Soyuz.


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