This topic is perhaps starting to border on the political side of things but I felt it worth posting as I didn’t see it mentioned on the show or follow up discussions. If it falls on the “too political” pool then by all means punt it.
Having said that
“Russia’s contract with NASA to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) will end in April 2019, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov told reporters on Friday. Under the current contract, American astronauts have had access to seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft in order to reach the ISS and return home.”
“currently Russia charges NASA about $81 million per seat on the Soyuz to fly astronauts to and from the station, up from the cheapest price of $21.8 million in 2007 and 2008. NASA signed an agreement in early 2017 to acquire additional Soyuz seats into 2019, although no further contracts involving the Russian craft have been announced.”
Lets hope those with the authority to make decisions can just extend the program.