Dmitry Rogozin, the general director of Roscosmos, was very angry over the sanctions imposed by the United States against the Samara Rocket and Space Center (RSC) Progress, which produces Soyuz-2 rockets that launch Soyuz MS manned spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), believes Eric Berger, editor of ArsTechnica.
“The Russian space chief is very angry about the latest US restrictions,” the journalist writes.
In his opinion, in the corresponding comment by Rogozin regarding the sanctions, the Russian manager admits that the Crew Dragon spaceships of the American company SpaceX may have problems.
Readers of ArsTechnica in the comments under Berger's note generally agreed with Rogozin's position, but noticed that the mention of the trampoline by the Russian manager in 2020 was unnecessary. “He's right. Ditching the current backup plan now is a bad idea, ”Lonyo user noted.
Earlier in December, the general director of Roscosmos commented on the sanctions imposed by the United States against some enterprises of the state corporation. “Isn't it too early, colleagues, suddenly again your” trampoline “will break and you will have to satisfy your passion for space from our well again?” – Rogozin declared.
In the same month, Berger drew attention to Rogozin's “unhealthy fixation” on SpaceX, which, according to the journalist, could be due to the success of the American company.
On May 30, a heavy rocket Falcon 9 was launched from the Crew Dragon to the ISS. Astronauts Douglas Hurley and Bob Behnken were on board the American spacecraft. The previous time the United States independently delivered people to low-earth orbit on July 8, 2011, when the Space Shuttle Atlantis reusable manned spacecraft took off. Since then and until May 30, the Americans used exclusively Russian Soyuz to deliver astronauts to the ISS.
In May 2019, Interfax, referring to the US Federal Register, reported that the US Department of Defense had included Russia in the list of countries with which it is prohibited to conduct space launches. The ban will take effect on January 1, 2023.
From January 1 to December 18, Roskosmos conducted 16 launches of space rockets. Of these, 14 launches were provided with Soyuz-2 medium launch vehicles from the Samara RCC Progress, and two with heavy rockets from the Moscow Khrunichev Center (Proton-M and Angara-A5). Soyuz-2 rockets are launched from four cosmodromes of three countries on two continents of the planet.