The head of NASA, Jim Brydenstein stated the need to have alternative versions of manned spacecraft after the accident “Union”
In a conversation with journalists the day after the accident of the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft launched from Baikonur, the head of NASA stated that he was fully confident in the future prospects of cooperation between Russia and the United States in space.
“I hope that our joint work will continue to develop,” said Brydenstein, who, he said, discussed what had happened with US Vice President Mike Pence. In this case, the head of NASA pointed out the need for an alternative way to send people to the ISS.
Brydenstein suggested that the next flight with the participation of an American astronaut would be carried out on a Russian-made ship. In his opinion, it is not necessary to postpone the next manned launch. “We understand very well what happened. Now we are trying to figure out why this happened, ”he added.
On the eve, the Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and the American astronaut Nick Haig were to go to the ISS on the Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft. However, an accident occurred during the launch of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle. As a result, the astronauts had to be evacuated in an emergency capsule, and the debris of the rocket fell in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan.
According to the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, Ovchinin and Haig will now be sent into space in the spring.
American astronauts go into space on Russian rockets after the Space Shuttle program closes in 2011. It was caused both by the development of the resources of the spacecraft and by the large expenditure on their maintenance.