Russian cosmonauts will not fly on the American Boeing Starliner spacecraft, said Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos. He pointed out that this would not happen even in the case of an agreement with NASA on cross-flights.
As Rogozin reminded on the air of Rossiya 24, the test flights of the ship were unsuccessful, Russia will not risk the lives of its cosmonauts.
“It crashed the first time. The second time it couldn’t fly at all,” the Roscosmos chief said of the Starliner ships.
In addition, Rogozin pointed out that some federal executive authorities believe that it is premature to make a decision on cross-flights with NASA.
Recall that the first test flight of the Starliner took place on December 20, 2019: it ended in failure. The spacecraft experienced a problem with a malfunction in the engine timing system, causing Starliner to enter an abnormal lower orbit. The ship ran out of fuel, docking with the ISS became impossible.
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