May 28, 2009
Johnson Space Center, Houston
CONTRACT RELEASE: C09-024
NASA EXTENDS CONTRACT WITH RUSSIAN FEDERAL SPACE AGENCY
WASHINGTON -- NASA
has signed a $306 million modification to the current International
Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency for crew
transportation and related services in 2012 and 2013.
The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz support,
including all necessary training and preparation for launch, crew
rescue, and landing of a long-duration mission for six individual
station crew members.
Space station crew members will launch on four Soyuz vehicles: two in
spring 2012 and two in fall 2012. Their landings are scheduled for
fall 2012 and spring 2013, respectively. The contract modification
also provides for crew post-flight rehabilitation, medical exams and
Under the contract modification, the Soyuz flights will carry limited
cargo to and from the station, and dispose of trash. The cargo
allowed per person is approximately 110 pounds launched to the
station, approximately 37 pounds returned to Earth, and trash
disposal of approximately 66 pounds.
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