NASA will consider Russia’s proposal to cut Russian crew at ISS

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NASA and other partners in the International Space Station will consider Russia’s proposal to reduce its crew to the ISS from 3 to 2 people for the sake of saving money, said today the official representative of the U.S. space agency.

The International Space Station Operations Integration manager Kenneth Todd confirmed on Monday that NASA, together with other partners on the ISS – the European Space Agency, Japan and Canada – have received such a proposal from Russia, which was previously voiced by the Director of manned programs of the state corporation Roscosmos Sergei Krikalev.

According to Todd, NASA will examine how the reduction of the Russian part of the crew could affect the safety of the rest of it.

According to Izvestia, Roscosmos wants to reduce the number of its astronauts residing on the ISS due to cuts of funding for the Federal Space Program. In addition, the Russian space agency plans to save a paid spot in their ships “Soyuz”, traveling to the ISS, for a foreign astronaut, or cargo, since in 2018 the rest of the ISS partners plan to start using their own rockets to get to the station, and Roscosmos will lose this source of income.

Source: BBC