Russia responded on Sunday to the successful launch of a US SpaceX rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) and promised to test two new rockets in 2020 and resume its lunar program next year.
Action Reaction. Following the historic launch on Saturday in Florida of a rocket from the private company SpaceXvers, ISS with two US astronauts aboard, Russia, on Sunday, May 31, promised to continue its space and lunar program in 2020.
“We do not intend to remain inactive. This year we will test two new rockets and next year we will resume our lunar program”, Russian Space Agency spokesman Roskosmos responded on Twitter, Vladimir Oustimienko.
These comments from the Russian Space Agency come after the US start, which ended a nine-year Russian monopoly on human spaceflight to the International Space Station.
Roskosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday that Russia is planning a test launch of a heavy Angara rocket in the fall, which will replace the aging Proton launchers, but which is developing very slowly.
He also said that Russia is accelerating the development of its intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat intercontinental, presented as intended to overcome all types of missile defense.
To do without Soyuz ships to go to ISS
Since 2011 and the end of the US spacecraft program, US astronauts’ broadcast on the ISS could only be performed on Russian Soyuz vessels.
According to specialists, Roskosmos instead bills $ 80 million, a significant windfall for the space agency with an annual budget of about $ 2 billion.
Roskosmos said on Sunday that the United States still needs Russia. “It’s really important to have at least two options to get to the station. Because you never know …” said Vladimir Oustimienko.
The Russian space sector has been a source of tremendous pride during the Soviet era and has encountered serious difficulties since the fall of the USSR in 1991. Recent years have been marked by several corruption scandals and a series of failed launches, including one involving a manned flight, fortunately without consequence for the two astronauts who could have ejected.