Elon Musk’s SpaceX first sent astronauts into space (to the International Space Station) in May 2020. It was an unprecedented eventbecause never before has a private company sent people into orbit.
For USA it was also a symbolic end to the 9-year interruption in space flights. From the end program in 2011, the Americans had to use the help of the Russians to board the International Space Station. They paid dearly for such a lift.
The first Russians will fly into space with SpaceX
Now the roles have turned. It is almost certain that soon the first Russians will board the manned SpaceX ship and fly to the ISS with American astronauts. The head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin he admitted three weeks ago, that the Crew Dragon capsule is now “safe enough” to take Russian cosmonauts with it. Previously, he was skeptical about the achievements of SpaceX.
We already know the approximate date of the first flight Russians aboard a private spacecraft with USA. As he claims Komputer Świat service, This is to happen during the Crew-5 mission, which is planned for September 2022. The last manned astronaut mission to the ISS began on November 11 this year. and was designated Crew-3.
As part of the Crew-5 mission, the Crew Dragon is to accommodate one Russian cosmonaut (his name has not been given yet). He will join the two astronauts NASA (Nicole Aunapu Mann and Josh A. Cassada) and Japanese Koichi Wakata from JAXA agency. However, it will not be the end of the Russians’ flights aboard the American capsule. The next mission involving the Russian is Crew-6, scheduled for 2023.