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The expert explained the significance of the launch Crew Dragon for Russia

The positive moment in the successful launch of the first in nine years, the us spacecraft with the crew is that it will force Russia to think about their space, says the head of the space policy Institute Ivan Moiseev.

On Saturday from the Baikonur at Cape Canaveral launch vehicle Falcon 9 was launched to the International space station, the spacecraft Crew Dragon with a crew of NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken. This is the first since July 2011 us manned launch. For 9 years the crews of the ISS was delivered only on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

According to him, of the negative aspects for Russia is a loss of contracts for the sale of seats on the Soyuz spacecraft to deliver astronauts to the ISS.

"For American space exploration is the return of the possibility of manned flight, its demonstration in practice. Because Russia used its monopoly position (for the delivery of astronauts to the ISS) for propaganda purposes, the United States decided this question. Now this will not succeed", - said Moiseev.

He explained that the ship's Crew Dragon is much better "Union" in their characteristics.