Russia is waiting for answers from NASA to the questions asked about the smell of alcohol on the ISS after docking with Dragon-2
The Russian Federation sent a comment to the American Space Agency (NASA) in connection with the ISS release into the air of a certain amount of isopropyl alcohol, which followed immediately after the new spacecraft Dragon-2, developed by the private American company SpaceX, joined in early March. Pavel Vlasov, who holds the position of head of the Cosmonaut Training Center, told about this.
When the ship Ilona Mask arrived at the station on March 3, 2019, the crew was struck by a suspicious smell in their nose, which was well felt. The analysis showed that the air contains an increased concentration of isopropyl alcohol - 6 milligrams per cubic meter.
On Earth, they ordered the inclusion of an air purification system, after which the concentration of unnecessary substance was reduced to 2 milligrams per cubic meter. It is known that before the arrival of Crew Dragon this figure was only one tenth of a milligram per cubic meter.
He also added that the Russian side does not have the opportunity to address emerging issues about American spacecraft directly from SpaceX, this happens only with the participation of an intermediary from NASA. Russia does not quite understand such a policy, because Americans still have to actively communicate with international partners about the common cause.
US Renewed Manned Program
The SpaceX company under the leadership of the famous businessman and inventor Ilona Mask is preparing to help the United States to resume the manned program that was stopped eight years ago with the closure of the Space Shuttle. While NASA is buying space for its astronauts on the Russian Soyuz, private companies are diligently developing domestic spacecraft.
On March 2, 2019, the SpaceX Crew Dragon ship in unmanned mode went to the ISS, and the next day successfully docked. On March 8, the undoing occurred, and the space ship returned to Earth. The launch with the crew on board was first scheduled for the summer, then it was postponed to autumn, but due to the accident that occurred during the fire tests of the Dragon 2 engines, it appears that the launch date will be postponed even further.
Another well-known private company, Boeing, is also trying to contribute to the resumption of the American manned program. She is engaged in the preparation of the ship Starliner. Unmanned launch of the aircraft is scheduled for August 2019, and manned - at the end of the year.