16 Dec 2018 19:56

Missions of cosmonauts, space tourists to ISS to be carried out under short scheme from 2020 onwards - Rogosin

MOSCOW. Dec 16 (Interfax) - Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin has promised that in 2020, cosmonauts will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) faster than it takes an airliner to get to Brussels from Moscow today.

"In 18 months, we will get cosmonauts and space tourists to the ISS faster than an airplane flies from Moscow to Brussels [today]," Rogozin wrote on Twitter.

Besides, Roscosmos is planning to send again a space freighter to the ISS with the shortest possible flight duration next spring, he said.

"We are planning to repeat a launch of the Progress cargo spacecraft under the two-orbit shortcut scheme next March. The flight duration will be three hours," Rogozin said.

Earlier in July, the Progress MS-09 space freighter reached the ISS faster than ever before, in three hours and 40 minutes.