[FPSPACE] Re: A single team of cosmonauts?
robert at collectspace.com
Wed Mar 9 17:29:03 EST 2005
On Mar 9, 2005, at 4:11 PM, Dante Wynter wrote:
> On a related note, is that all the Russians have - 21 cosmonauts?
> Compared to our, what? 110 astronauts still active? Why are they so
> practical and we're not? I'm wondering if any of the Group 19
> astronauts will *ever* go up.
According to a recent AP article, we have 142 active astronauts, of
which 49 have yet to fly. At a projected 22 flights remaining (source:
Space.com), you could fly all 49 rookies and still have 105 seats
remaining for all experienced astronauts to get at least one more
flight over the next five years. That would average out to three
rookies per flight. You could also have at least 10 more seats on
Soyuz, assuming two taxi flights per year with one American on-board
and that the U.S. and Russia reach an agreement for Soyuz flights
It was reported that the Group 19 ascans were told before they reported
for training that they were ISS or CEV-bound and that they would not
fly on the shuttle.
In comparison, Russia is planning 10 manned flights over the next five
years, with one cosmonaut on each mission (or two, if no American flies
and with a possibility of a third if no international or tourist
candidate is paying). They would also presumably have a few seats on
future shuttle flights.
Is Russia's relatively small class being practical or scaling to the
capabilities/needs of their program? The same question could be asked
Robert Pearlman, Editor
collectSPACE - The Source for Space History & Artifacts
More information about the FPSPACE