In the international debate over sanctions against Russia — with the Obama administration more eager than European leaders to ratchet up the pressure — the interdependence of those nations formerly known as the Group of Eight is one of the economic complications.
“After analysing the sanctions against our space industry I suggest the US delivers its astronauts to the ISS with a trampoline,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dimitry Rogozin has written at TwitLonger. “US Lets Down Its ISS Astronauts By Sanctions Against Russian Space Programme.”
— Ukraine Reporter (@StateOfUkraine) April 29, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea “is being cited in Washington as a reason to do everything from building an oil pipeline to accelerating private space flight and even boosting the export of liquefied natural gas,” Bloomberg’s Brian Wingfield has reported.
Billionaire Elon Musk, who owns Space Exploration Technologies Corp., has told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that U.S. dependence on Russian-made rocket engines poses supply risks. Musk’s SpaceX , whose Falcon9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft has serviced the International Space Station, wants to transport American astronauts to the station, a ride now provided by Russia.
“It’s just kind of embarrassing that the United States has to thumb rides with the Russians,” Musk, also chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA), said in a Bloomberg Television interview in March.
Russian state TV threatens US with nuclear war, showing missile arc & mushroom cloud images http://t.co/B4ARd2fdb8
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 17, 2014
The Russian deputy prime minister may have given Musk a new opening.
Building a better trampoline.
The US introduced sanctions against our space industry. God knows, we warned them: we respond to (cont) http://t.co/aI7zx6uled
— Dmitry Rogozin (@DRogozin) April 29, 2014