Turkish, Egyptian and Saudi Astronauts to Send First Astronauts From Baikonur

Tuesday November 12, at the Baikonur is the cradle of world cosmonautics forum, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told of talks related to possible future flights of astronauts from Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia on Soyuz spacecraft

'I’m sure that Baikonur will become a home sweet home for preparing nestlings from these countries, who will be raised to ensure their first spaceflight,' Rogozin says.

With America soon to use their own new spacecraft, it was beginning to look like there might not be further international demand for Soyuz vehicles, but the case, he explained, proved to be 'exactly the opposite' as Energia corporation has new orders, and a few countries would like to begin their manned space flight at Baikonur

Shortly after Hazza Al Mansoori's successful trip on the ISS on Soyuz MS-15 with Jessica Meir and Oleg Skripochka, launching September 25 and returning at crew change on November 3, Roscosmosannounced a possibility of longer flights for Emirati astronauts in the future. 

Helen Borodina