Artist’s conception of SpaceX Dragon capsule berthing to the ISS (Credits: SpaceX).

According to Ria/Novosti, the Russian space agency Roscosmos denied SpaceX the permission to dock to the International Space Station in its next COTS demonstration mission, to be launched in November. The agency reported a statement of Alexei Krasov, head of the human spaceflight department of Roscosmos: “We will not issue docking permission unless the necessary level of reliability and safety is proven,” he said, “so far we have no proof that this spacecraft duly comply with the accepted norms of spaceflight safety.”

Shortly after the RIA/Novosti press release, NASA released a comment on twitter, reading: “Sorry, despite @ria_novosti reports, a decision has yet to be made regarding the upcoming @SpaceXer test flight to ISS. Incorrect story.”

Roscosmos officials have previously expressed their disagreement on allowing the Dragon to dock to the ISS in its November COTS demonstration mission on the ground of safety related concerns.

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Andrea Gini is a content strategy consultant specialized in companies of the space sector. He is founder of Space Safety Magazine, where he held the position of Editor-in-Chief until March 2015. Between 2011 and 2013 he worked in the European Space Agency in the Independent Safety Office, which overviews the utilization of the International Space Station. He previously worked as Software Developer, IT Consultant, and trainer of Java-related technologies. Andrea holds a BSc and an MSc in computer science from the University of Milano, a Master in Communication of Science from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste and a MSc in Space Studies from the International Space University.