While Russia struggles with Soyuz, SpaceX maintains its manned flight to the ISS

SpaceX Crew-6

SpaceX and NASA maintain their flight schedule to and from the ISS, despite the setbacks of the Soyuz MS-22 capsule. On the Russian side, however, the calendar is turned upside down.

Act as if nothing had happened. Neither SpaceX nor the US space agency intends to deprogram their next manned flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The two partners are still aiming for the Crew-6 mission to depart at the end of February 2023. On January 25, press briefings will take place to discuss the upcoming flight more generally.

The two partners are obviously not unaware that, on the Russian side, the very last weeks have been turned upside down with the setbacks of the Soyuz MS-22 capsule. Hit from the outside, probably by a debris or a micro-meteorite, it is considered unusable to convey a crew. In fact, the Russian planning of manned flights is disrupted.

In mid-January, NASA and its Russian counterpart, Roscosmos, took stock of the situation. It was decided not to use it to repatriate the three passengers initially planned (the Russians Sergei Prokopiev and Dimitri Peteline and the American Frank Rubio). This capsule will soon be separated from the ISS and will return to Earth, without anyone on board, but perhaps with freight.

Crew-6 SpaceX

Crew-6 SpaceX

Unchanged schedule for SpaceX and NASA

The International Space Station has enough entry points to accommodate up to six capsules or freighters simultaneously.

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