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Russia will also ban the use of its rockets for U.S. military missions

In early April, NASA announced that it would sever the majority of its contract with the Russian government in retaliation for its interference in the Crimean peninsula.
 
At the time, a statement from NASA explained:
 
Given Russia's ongoing violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, NASA is suspending the majority of its ongoing engagements with the Russian Federation. NASA and Roscosmos will, however, continue to work together to maintain safe and continuous operation of the International Space Station. NASA is laser focused on a plan to return human spaceflight launches to American soil.
 
However, NASA made it clear that it would still depend on Russia to ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station (at a cost of $70 million per person, per launch) and that the two nations would continue to operate the ISS together. As the situation in Crimea has escalated and Western sanctions on Russia have ratcheted up, the tensions between the U.S. and Russian space programs have also escalated.
 
In late April, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin joked that given NASA’s inability to launch its own astronauts into space — due to the retirement of the Space Shuttle fleet — it should instead use a large trampoline to reach orbit.
 
Now, things are just getting nasty. Russia is tired of the increased sanctions (the most troublesome for Russia is a recent U.S. sanction that bars export licenses and revokes existing licenses for advanced technology items used for Russian military purposes) and is firing back at the U.S. in a way that could jeopardize its future civilian and military efforts in space. Rogozin today announced that:
To the first point, Rogozin asserted that Russia doesn’t need the U.S. to continue its operations on the ISS. "The Russian segment can exist independently from the American one,” said Rogozin. “The U.S. one cannot."

And to the second point, Russia will continue to make its NK-33 and RD-180 rockets available for civilian purposes, but military missions are strictly prohibited.


Russia says that it can continue it operations of the ISS without the help of the U.S. 
 
For its part, NASA claims to be unaware of any “changes” to its already modified arrangements with Russia, and issued the following statement:
 
Space cooperation has been a hallmark of US-Russia relations, including during the height of the Cold War, and most notably, in the past 13 consecutive years of continuous human presence on board the International Space Station. Ongoing operations on the ISS continue on a normal basis with a planned return of crew today and expected launch of a new crew in the next few weeks. We have not received any official notification from the Government of Russia on any changes in our space cooperation at this point.
 
In the words of the late Rodney King, “Can we all just get along?”

Sources: The Telegraph, The Washington Post, Reuters, Business Insider



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RE: musk just wet himself
By danjw1 on 5/13/2014 6:27:52 PM , Rating: 3
That is why they had 3 companies (now 2 since Congress cut there funds), to do LEO launches. So it isn't just SpaceX it is also Orbital Sciences. I am not sure when Orbital Sciences will be ready to do heavy lift and/or human flight. SpaceX is supposed to be doing pad abort and inflight abort testing on their Dragon Rider spacecraft this year. If the government tells asks them to speed things up, they maybe able to.

The Falcon Heavy is supposed to have its first demo flight in 2015 with a NASA and DOD flights to follow. Its first commercial mission is supposed to be in 2017.

Honestly, anyone who thinks Elon Musk is going to just fold up and walk away from SpaceX, doesn't know anything about the guy. He wants to die on Mars. He isn't just going to stop because the decides to take his marbles and go home.


RE: musk just wet himself
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/14, Rating: -1
RE: musk just wet himself
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/14, Rating: -1
RE: musk just wet himself
By Reclaimer77 on 5/13/14, Rating: -1
RE: musk just wet himself
By delphinus100 on 5/13/2014 8:49:35 PM , Rating: 2
So, Boeing/Sierra Nevada/ULA would not have similar issues in such a scenario?

No matter what our relations with Russia, there's always a non-zero chance of catastrophically breaking something, whoever you are...


RE: musk just wet himself
By chripuck on 5/15/2014 12:50:07 PM , Rating: 2
No, they wouldn't, because they would test under the direction of the Federal Government with pilots who knew the risk and were paid appropriately. Once it was "finished" the Government would inherit all liability in the even of a disaster e.g. the Space Shuttle explosions.

If SpaceX were to have a commercial product and begin commercial operations and have some sort of disaster with regular people? Very bad for business...


RE: musk just wet himself
By thesaxophonist on 5/13/2014 7:13:54 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe true,and I sure as hell hope so, though I doubt that any politician cares at this point. Same goes for the general public.


RE: musk just wet himself
By maven81 on 5/14/2014 9:35:58 AM , Rating: 3
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But honestly it's a moot point until we get a Republican administration going. The last Democrat that gave two sh*ts about going to space was JFK.

I don't know why you keep dragging your politics into this, but at least get it right. JFK didn't give a damn about space, he only cared about scoring points. In fact there is evidence to show that when he realized the cost of the program he thought about downsizing it. It was Johnson that actually cared about space, and the bulk of the support came from him. At that point NASA was planning big, bases on the moon, large space stations etc. Then Nixon came in and shut it all down. He is responsible for the space shuttle debacle, and even that was just a small piece of a much larger program. (the space transportation system was supposed to be more then just a space truck. He just thought that's all we could afford).


RE: musk just wet himself
By Grast5150 on 5/14/2014 1:10:49 PM , Rating: 2
Reclaimer,

The only reason why SpaceX would go down is due to NASA, Air Force, and congress taking bribes and illegally locking SpaceX out of the government projects. NASA specifically writes the RFP and RFQ for specifications which only their current contractors can immediately fill. In addition set unreasonable timelines on any new comer from showing how they can meet the specifications. NASA is stinking pile of kickbacks and political favors.

SpaceX has the ability to compete. The only challenge which SpaceX is trying to overcome is government bureaucracy limiting the ability of SpaceX to compete for government projects.


RE: musk just wet himself
By jihadjoe on 5/15/2014 11:26:14 AM , Rating: 1
But said invincible entity only ever goes down because something else came along that offers the same or better service, for a better if not same price. Rarely in capitalism do we ever end up with a void for any product or service that has previously existed.

RCA is gone, but we still have television.
Pan Am is gone, but don't lack for airlines.
Woolworth's is gone be don't lack for shopping.

Commercializing space travel is the one way we can ensure we will always have space travel, so long as a customer wants it.


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