NASA and SpaceX CEOs, Jim Bridenstine and Elon Musk responded to the congratulations of the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, noting that the U.S. side expects to continue cooperation with Russia in the space industry.
Earlier, the head of the Russian state corporation in his Twitter feed congratulated NASA and SpaceX on the successful launch and docking of the Crew Dragon spaceship, the first American manned spaceship in nine years.
“Thank you! NASA is grateful for our partnership, and we look forward to continuing our joint achievements in space exploration,” Breidenstein wrote.
The head of SpaceX also said that he looks forward to working with Roscosmos, and Musk wrote the answer in Russian.
Dear @JimBridenstine, it’s safe to congratulate you at this point with a successful launch and docking. Bravo! I know how anxious you were for this major event to become a success. I wish @NASA team to successfully finish up reconstructing its national space transportation system
— Дмитрий Рогозин (@Rogozin) May 31, 2020
The Crew Dragon, which delivered NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the ISS on Saturday, was the first U.S. manned spacecraft launched from U.S. territory since 2011 when the Shuttle Program was terminated.
This is the first time in human history @NASA_Astronauts have entered the @Space_Station from a commercially-made spacecraft. @AstroBehnken and @Astro_Doug have finally arrived to the orbiting laboratory in @SpaceX‘s Dragon Endeavour spacecraft. pic.twitter.com/3t9Ogtpik4
— NASA (@NASA) May 31, 2020
The Crew Dragon was launched with a Falcon 9 carrier rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Saturday. The launch was scheduled for May 27 but was postponed 15 minutes before the launch due to bad weather.
The astronauts have now moved from Crew Dragon to the ISS. NASA tweeted a video in which the ISS crew – Russians Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner and American Chris Cassidy – meet Hurley and Behnken.
The current mission of Crew Dragon is the last major test of the ship before its certification by NASA for regular commercial manned flights on ISS. In March 2019, the same ship made its first successful test flight to the station in unmanned mode.
Since 2011, NASA astronauts are delivered to ISS Russian spacecraft “Soyuz”, for places on which the U.S. space agency pays Russia. In particular, in May, NASA agreed with Roscosmos to buy for $90.2 million in one place on the “Soyuz”, which starts in October to the ISS. According to the report of the Inspector General of NASA, the cost of one seat on Crew Dragon with a simultaneous flight of four astronauts is about $55 million.