Europe, Canada Eye Additional Soyuz Flights as Russia Ramps Up Production

Europe, Canada eye extra Soyuz for station access
Spaceflight Now

European and Canadian space officials are in talks with Russia to purchase dedicated Soyuz capsules to ferry their astronauts to the International Space Station.

The discussions focus on continuing crew transportation services after 2015, and possibly
expanding European and Canadian astronaut access to the orbiting lab before then…

Canada and Europe are discussing a deal with Roscosmos, the Russian federal space agency, for Soyuz spacecraft to fly short-duration missions beginning sometime between 2013 and 2016….

The Canadian Space Agency is also negotiating with Roscosmos to pay for an extra Soyuz flight, but the talks are still preliminary, according to Gilles Leclerc, agency’s director-general for space exploration.

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