NASA May Need to Use Russian Flights Longer

Article Excerpt: NASA is drafting backup plans to prolong the use of Russian spacecraft for ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station, even as agency officials play down those options and express hope that private rockets and capsules will be available for such trips within five years.

Charles Bolden, head of National Aeronautics and Space Administration, told the House Science Committee last week that the space agency was taking early steps to line up additional Russian spacecraft—which have been NASA’s only option since the U.S. space-shuttle fleet was retired last year—because budget constraints were delaying the development of commercial crew vehicles.

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Article Source: The Wall Street Journal

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