National Office of Aeronautics and Space Administration USA (NASA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) extended the contract for the delivery of activities for U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) until June 2017. This is stated in a press release NASA.
Prolongation of the contractual obligations will cost 424 million U.S. dollars the agency of the old contract expires in 2016.
In a statement, NASA reported that the leadership of the agency in 2017. expects to move to the use of commercial manned spacecraft, which by that time should achieve cost-effectiveness, as well as pass the required safety testing operation.
After the collapse of the shuttle program in 2011. Shipping U.S. astronauts, as well as any other country on a regular basis is made on Russian spacecraft.