Russia plans to reduce the size of its crew on the International Space Station

According toPierre-François Mouriauxin the article "Moins de Russes sur l'ISS?"Published by the French magazine"Air & cosmos", Although the issue of the exploitation of the International Space Station (ISS) by Russia after 2020 has not yet been fully resolved, Russia this summer threw a stone at a pond, informing its program partners (Americans, Europeans, Japanese and Canadians) that The question of the possibility of reducing the Russian crew from three to two people, out of six, who are constantly on board, is being considered. This step will significantly reduce operating costs, primarily by reducing the number of Russian transport ships “Progress” sent to the station.
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Progress MS-03 Russian spacecraft docked with the International Space Station, 07/16/2016 (c) RSC Energia
The US National Space Agency (NASA) took this news philosophically. Kenneth Todd, director of the ISS program from NASA, at a press conference on August 15, 2016, stated that “we will study this proposal, just as we do it on a regular basis. We will study the risks to the program that may arise as a result of this step. First of all, these risks concern the crew members. ”

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