Letter From Home Science Committee Republicans To NASA On Soyuz Flights
From: House Science Committee Republicans
Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
February 23, 2021
Mr. Steve Jurczyk
Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration
300 E. Road, SW
Washington, D.C., 20546
Pricey Mr. Jurczyk:
On February 9, 2021, NASA introduced that it “is contemplating acquiring a supplemental seat on the upcoming spring Soyuz crew rotation mission for a NASA astronaut so as to add extra functionality to the company’s planning.”1 After spending billions of taxpayer on growing capabilities to launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, it is crucial for Congress to know NASA’s present agreements and future plans for accessing the Worldwide Area Station.
The Committee obtained testimony from NASA on January 17, 2018 at a listening to titled, “An Replace on NASA Industrial Crew Programs Growth.”2 On the listening to, NASA’s witness acknowledged, “We won’t buy seats on Russian Soyuz after this program [Commercial Crew] turns into operational,” and that NASA’s “…plan is now not to buy seats however we’ll nonetheless have the flexibility, we’ll nonetheless fly a U.S. crew member on a Soyuz and the Russians will likewise fly one in all their crew members on our U.S. crew automobiles.” When requested whether or not Russia would pay NASA for flying Russian cosmonauts underneath this plan sooner or later, the NASA witness acknowledged, “No, and we’re not going to pay them for carrying our astronauts to station.” The NASA witness concluded by stating, “[a]nd that can be performed underneath no change of funds foundation.” Following that listening to, a NASA spokesperson indicated that no formal settlement was established, stating “[w]e have settlement in precept and are figuring out applicable means to implement this plan.”three
NASA’s latest solicitation for “Worldwide Area Station Seat Change,” indicated that “NASA has no remaining crew seats on Soyuz.”fourOn the January 2018 Committee listening to, the NASA witness testified that “[t]he manufacturing time of a Soyuz of roughly three years won’t permit extra Soyuz to be manufactured.”5 Given the data and testimony listed above, it seems that NASA could also be in search of to obtain a Russian Soyuz seat from a third-party, on a noexchange-of-funds-basis, and formal settlement between NASA and Russia for seat exchanges is probably not in place.
To ensure that the Committee to raised perceive what NASA intends to make use of the aforementioned solicitation to obtain, and extra particularly, the way it intends to obtain these providers, please facilitate a bipartisan briefing for Committee employees. When you’ve got any questions associated to this request, please contact Mr. Tom Hammond with the minority Committee employees. Sincerely,
Rep. Frank Lucas
Rep. Brian Babin
Area and Aeronautics Subcommittee
three Smith, Marcia, “NASA ‘Brainstorming’ Choices If Industrial Crew Not Prepared Earlier than Finish Of 2019 – Up to date,”
SpacePolicyOnline.com, January 24, 2018. Accessed at https://spacepolicyonline.com/news/nasa-brainstormingoptions-if-commercial-crew-not-ready-before-end-of-2019/
5 See Supra 2.
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