Disinfo: The launch of the Crew Dragon is much more expensive than the Russian Soyuz


Crew Dragon manned spacecraft launches are very expensive and cost much more than launches on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. The old Soyuz will cost less to the consumer than the new reusable Crew Dragon.


Between 2006 and 2020, NASA spent about $ 3.9 billion to buy 70 seats for its astronauts from Roskosmos. Moreover, Russia, after completing the American Shuttle missions in 2011, sharply increased the cost of one seat for the United States from $21 million to $60m.

Now one seat on the Soyuz costs NASA $86 million, and the cost of one spacecraft ship from SpaceX will cost $55 million.

Moreover, with the launch of Crew Dragon, US taxpayer money allocated to finance space programs will return to the US treasury, and NASA will not be dependent on Russia's provocative messaging. Such a precedent took place in 2014, when the head of Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was furious over American sanctions imposed for Russian aggression against Ukraine. Then Rogozin threatened that the Americans "will have to launch their astronauts to the ISS using a trampoline." After the successful launch of Crew Dragon on May 30, the head of SpaceX, Elon Musk, answered Rogozin that "the trampoline is working."


  • Reported in: Issue 204
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 01/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Russian superiority


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