Energia Gets Loan, Kazakh Cosmonaut to Fly Commercial

RIA Novesti reports that Sberbank has loaned Energia 2.9 billion rubles ($106 million) to allow the company to continue production of the Soyuz and Progress vehicles required for the International Space Station (ISS).

Meanwhile, the news agency says that Kazakhstan will be paying a commercial rate to send a cosmonaut to ISS. “‘The only way a Kazakh astronaut can fly to the ISS is as part of a Russian expedition on a commercial basis for a period of 10 days,’ Talgat Musabayev, head of Kazakhstan’s National Space Agency, was quoted as saying by Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency.”