NASA Collaborates With Boeing For Additional Space Station Seats!
NASA is proposing to get Soyuz seats for International Space Station missions to ensure avoiding potential additional commercial crew delays.
NASA confirmed that's it will acquire two more seats from Boeing to enhance it's International Space Station missions, especially after its plans concerning missions to the space station in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, and options for three additional Soyuz seats in 2019. Boeing, the filing stated, had obtained the rights to the seats from Soyuz manufacturer RSC Energia.
Boeing gets access to the seats as part of an agreement with Energia. Boeing won a judgment of more than $320 million against Energia from a federal court in May 2016, The seats give NASA the opportunity to add an additional crewmember to the U.S. segment of the station. In fact the agency was already planning to take action in order to add a new member to its crew under the development of SpaceX and Boeing. "Adding an extra U.S. crewmember in 2017 and 2018 will really help with the utilization on board and getting more hours for science," Elbon said vice president and general manager of space exploration at Boeing.
Costs and charges about how much Boeing was proposing to charge NASA for the seats aren't announced yet. But we keep in mind that the agency revealed an agreement with Roscosmos, which is the governmental body responsible for the space program of Russia, in August 2015 for six Soyuz seats in 2018 at a total cost of $490 million, or $81.7 million per seat.