Reportedly, Dmitry Rogozin—Roscosmos’s Chief—said that the Russian space agency is taking into account NASA’s appeal to reschedule the liftoff of a crewed Soyuz MS-13 spaceship to the ISS (International Space Station). NASA had applied to Roscosmos in recent time with a plea to reschedule the launch of the Soyuz MS-13 spaceship for late July and expand the space journey to the orbital station from December to February 2020. Apparently, NASA induced its request by significant delays with the tests of the U.S. Crew Dragon spaceship.
On Twitter, Rogozin tweeted, “We are considering NASA’s request. We will make a decision taking into account the opinion of ballistics experts from the Energia Space Rocket Corporation. So far, it (the launch of the Soyuz MS-13) is scheduled for July 6.” A source familiar to the Russian space industry previously told to TASS that the flight of the Crew Dragon spacecraft with crewmembers onboard scheduled for July may be rearranged for late November 2019 owing to critical comments on its qualifications. In the meantime, William Gerstenmaier—NASA Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration—said that Andrew Morgan (astronaut) who is planned to travel to the ISS on July 4, 2019, along with Alexander Skvortsov (Roscosmos cosmonaut) and Luca Parmitano (Italian astronaut) would remain in the orbit longer than intended. The Crew Dragon built by SpaceX was launched for the first instance to the orbital station with a spacesuit-clad mannequin on March 2 and it landed to the space station on March 3.
On a similar note, recently Russia’s space chief stated that new deep space “race” has just started. Seemingly, Russia has crossed the threshold in a new space competition, as per to the head of Roscosmos. The new “contest” is targeted on deep space exploration and manned space flight. In recent time, Rogozin said, “Presently, we are entering a novel stage of a firm competition with major space powers, concerned to future manned programs, counting in deep space.” He also revealed that he talked to Alexander Sergeev—President of the RAS (Russian Academy of Sciences)—regarding the details of the Moon mission and requirements of payloads required for that.