Roscosmos is not facing collapse after the failure of the US purchases in the Russian piloted ships in the next year. This confidence was expressed in an interview with reporters on Thursday, January 18, curator of the space industry, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
Questions poured in after the statement of the assistant Director of NASA William Gerstenmaier that the States do not plan to purchase additional seats on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to deliver astronauts to the ISS after 2019. NASА full confidence that by October-November 2019 will have its own method of transporting crews to the space station, and spring flight in 2019 to the ISS on the Russian Soyuz should be the last. After these words, a wave of optimism picked up by American journalists, in particular Matthew Bodner from Space News, which rushed to announce about the dire financial situation, which will be the Russian state after the failure of the US cooperation. Well, if NASA stops buying, and we still have the engines for the Atlas V, the space will definitely be at the point of death.
All this Rogozin advised to look more realistic: in the end agreement to extend the joint work on the ISS between the U.S. and Russia until 2024 has not been canceled, as no one had refused to purchase of Russian rocket engines RD-180. “The solid orders from NPO “Energomash” signed to 2020″, – he said. As for the refusal of the Americans from the Russian “Unions” (the cost of delivery of one astronaut to the ISS is $70-80 million), it certainly will hurt the financial condition of the Russian space Agency, but not critical.
Rogozin recalled that in the alternative we have serious plans for the commercialisation of the Russian segment of the ISS, and said that in Russia there were private companies who cooperate with the Russian space Agency, such as the S7 Space. “This is one of the priority tasks of the Russian space Agency will be resolved,” — said Deputy Prime Minister.
As explained in the space industry, the statement of the representative of NASA and especially overseas journalists is somewhat premature. First, it would be necessary still to wait for the beginning of manned launches NASА, and then talk about the refusal of delivery on our ships. Secondly, calculate the cost of production and flight test of new American engines, before talking about replacing our. Thirdly, we do have serious plans of commercialization of the ISS. For example, recently aboard the station was delivered to the device for 3D printing of living tissues in microgravity. On the approach of a number of other promising projects.