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Originally posted by Croat56
Simple. Why spend money on years of research and tests when you can just let America do it and then buy the technology for a fraction of the cost
ye but havnt they all been launched up into space either by Russia or America.
It was originally designed to carry the Hermes spave vehicle anyway so it would be hard at all
The Soyuz rocket is the workhorse of the Russian human spaceflight missions and has been used for that purpose longer than any other spacecraft. In the 1950s it began transporting cosmonauts into space and then to the Soviet stations Salyout and Mir. At present it is the only spaceraft available for the transport of crews to and from the International Space Station.
To ensure that Soyuz will still be able to carry out these missions from Europe’s Spaceport, the launch infrastructure has been designed to ensure that it can be smoothly adapted for human spaceflight, should this be decided upon.
I've heard of asteroids with trillions of dollars worth of platinum and nickel and other metals