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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 GotThumbs on 5/14/2014 11:49:40 AM , Rating: 1
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However being a private corporation, Musk could one day decide to close up shop, sell out, or just flat out go bankrupt.


Or whats more likely....He could sell his company to China or Russia. Basically the highest bidder and I wouldn't blame him at all. It's not his fault the Obama Admin chose to delay the Constellation project.

It seems the Obama Admin is NOT familiar with the old adage: Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

In the end, the US is working from lower ground and will end up being the loser in this game of chess IMO. Obama knows basketball, but does he understand the strategy of chess and that you have to think 5 steps ahead of your opponent? I haven't see it from him in the past.

The US continues to weaken not only globally but within our own borders, through lack of US Laws being enforced equally to all. Lady Justice's blind has been removed by this Administration IMO.

~Best wishes on surviving what's yet to come.


RE: musk just wet himself
By maven81 on 5/14/2014 1:18:50 PM , Rating: 2
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Or whats more likely....He could sell his company to China or Russia. Basically the highest bidder and I wouldn't blame him at all. It's not his fault the Obama Admin chose to delay the Constellation project.


That doesn't make any sense. First of all killing off Constellation is exactly what Musk needed. It paved the way for the COTS program which provided funding for Space X to do their thing. Even now I believe the government is by far their largest client. Second you are clearly not at all familiar with either Constellation or COTS. There are two companies that got contracts for cargo flights to the ISS, and there are even more working on human ferry missions. That's not exactly putting all your eggs in one basket.
On the other hand, NASAs own SLS program will probably wind up going nowhere.


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