The Russian government, having maintained its support for human space flight even during the worst of economic times, can now reap the benefits of that long-term focus. As reported by Florida Today in, As options diminish, prices are going up, the Russians are about to make a good bit of money from their determination to explore space. Tickets aboard Soyuz are increasing from $20 million to $51 million, each, for six seats.
But the next time NASA is negotiating for seats in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the shuttles almost certainly will have long been retired. Even if the White House proposal for private crew taxi services is coming together, the chance is very, very slim that those rockets and spacecraft will be operational by then.
Look for the Russians to be charging NASA in the range of $70 million to $80 million, if not more, by mid-decade, if the commercial ventures that President Barack Obama is banking on haven’t yet delivered an alternative to spur price competition.Missions » ISS »