Russian Space Agency Congratulates SpaceX on Launch

Russia’s space agency, until now the only one able to fly astronauts to the International Space Station, on Sunday congratulated the US SpaceX company over its successful launch of a manned rocket.

Saturday’s launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida was the first of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years, and the first ever by a private company.

“I would like to greet our American colleagues,” cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, Roscosmos executive director for crewed space programmes, said in a brief video address on the agency’s Twitter page.

“The success of the mission will provide us with additional opportunities that will benefit the whole international programme”.

Since the mothballing of the US shuttle programme in 2011 Russia’s more basic and reliable Soyuz spacecraft has been solely responsible for transporting crews to the ISS from its Baikonur launchpad in Kazakhstan. 

Amid tensions between Russia and Western countries in recent years, the ISS has been a rare example of international cooperation that has not been suspended.

(c) The Moscow Times

9 comments

  1. “The success of the mission will provide us with additional opportunities that will benefit the whole international programme”.

    Yeah, only Russia won’t be part of it. Reading the comments on RT about Russia doing the US a big favour by transporting US astronauts to the ISS, and that the US have to return the favour made me laugh. That favour cost the US billions of dollars. All I can say is RIP Roscosmos.

  2. Soyuz-2 (Russia) — First Thrust: 3357 kN vs Falcon Heavy (USA) — First Thrust: 22819 kN

    Maximum payload to low-Earth Orbit for communication satellites and the ISS: Soyuz-2 — 8,600 kgs vs Falcon Heavy — 63,800 kgs

    In addition, SpaceX rockets are part of a new generation of self-driving launch vehicles, which aren’t controlled from Earth, or manually, like a Soyuz.

    All these things are clear innovations around the basics of rocket science, and make SpaceX superior to Soyuz rockets.

    • Great points Mike, plus the Space X boosters are reusable and 6X cheaper than the Moskali. But who knows? Maybe some day they can make cheese or even have a fair vote……..nah, sorry, I’m dreaming…

      • Yeah, and this was only the small rocket, the Falcon Heavy is twice the size, and has two rockets that land simultaneously. This is what Russia said. Totally omitting any reference to the reason it is cheaper, because they are re-using most of the parts.

        “SpaceX is saving money by using cheap engines and manufacturing almost all its own parts,”

  3. Well it seems Sergei Krikalev is at least one Russian has some class and professionalism. Good for him.
    They will probably have to kill him though. No room for that in Putin;s Russia. Pettyness, viciousness and spitfullness is all they understand.

    One point:

    “Amid tensions between Russia and Western countries in recent years, the ISS has been a rare example of international cooperation that has not been suspended.”
    Back in 2014 Russia said they were going to no longer participate in the ISS untill 2024 when it will undock it’s modules and build it’s own stand alone station.
    So no the ISS is no longer an example of cooperation.

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