Elon Musk showed an alternative to Russian "Soyuz"
Founder of SpaceX Elon Musk posted on his Twitter page a photo of the final design of manned spacecraft Crew Dragon (Dragon 2), which will be used for the delivery of astronauts on the International Space Station.
Ship Dragon 2 is a deeply modernized version of Dragon truck, successfully flying to the ISS. The device has a substantially one-piece design. The cargo-passenger mode enables together with a payload of up to 2, 5 tons to send to the ISS up to four people. The passenger ship mode, carry up to seven people (the Russian "Soyuz" - up to three).
SpaceX Crew Dragon ship in anechoic chamber for EMI testing before being sent to @NASA Plum Brook vacuum chamber pic.twitter.com/BckUBkroLw
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 21, 2018
According to various sources, the agreement between NASA and the "Roskosmos" for delivery people to the ISS on the "union" will expire in the autumn of 2019. As an alternative to the Russian spacecraft company SpaceX and Boeing are developing manned spacecraft Dragon 2 and Starliner. Unmanned test vehicles are scheduled for August this year. The first manned flight Starliner be held in November of 2018, Dragon 2 - in December. However, according to the report of the United States, presented in January 2018, the Chamber of Accounts of the year, it is likely that the Dragon 2 will be able to get certified for manned launches no earlier than December 2019 th, and Starliner - not until March 2020 th. The NASA considering transformation test manned missions Dragon 2 Starliner and in operational, which implies an increase in the number of crew and the timing of his stay on the ISS.
Currently, only Russia and China have the opportunity to take people into orbit. However, China denied access to the ISS due to the restrictions imposed by the United States.