"Brazil has put in a feeler for putting a Brazilian astronaut into orbit. It is an important fact", Aleshin said. "The astronaut is now with the NASA agency but he is not sure if he will fly in a US spaceship because this is not in the plans." To Aleshin, "the Brazilian defence minister is ready to announce a joint Russian-Brazilian space project next week".
"Brazil has made up its mind about getting ready the carrier rocket with our help," Boris Aleshin said.
"It is a big contract, a big agreement and quite a breakthrough," stressed the Russian vice-minister. "It can be the joint development of a versatile satellite platform and satellites".
"We have outlined a set of questions to be thoroughly considered and developed," Aleshin said.