Skip to comments.Russia Will Cut Off US Access to the International Space Station Over Ukraine Sanctions
Posted on 05/13/2014 2:39:47 PM PDT by lbryce
Russia will reject a US request to use the International Space Station after 2020 in retaliation for trade sanctions imposed over Russia's aggressive annexation of Crimea, its deputy prime minister announced today.
The space station is maintained by both American and Russian crews. But because NASA's shuttle program was decommissioned in 2011, the only way to get there is on board Russian spacecraft. The US currently pays Russia $60 million per person to ferry its astronauts to the space station, and had planned to continue working on it until 2024.
"The Russian segment can exist independently from the American one. The US one cannot," Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin said today.
THE US PAYS RUSSIA $60 MILLION PER ASTRONAUT TO GET TO THE ISS
The move comes after NASA announced it was cutting off contact with Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, with the exception of the space station. At the time, critics said the move was a ploy by NASA to get more funding from the US government. Russia's announcement, however, seems genuinely motivated by the Ukraine fallout.
Russia will also bar the US from buying Russian rocket engines that would be used to launch military satellites, Rogozin said.
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Some leverage we have. I say the Ruskies are welcome to it. What benefits has the International Space Station brought us other than the experience of constructing large facilities in space? At least when we went to the moon we brought back souvenir rocks.
What difference does it make? 0bama applauds everything Putin does, and 0bama has seen to it that we have no contingency plan for getting to the space station. Oh yeah, SpaceX? What if the Russian astronauts aboard the ISS let the Americans leave the ISS but follow orders NOT to allow Americans in? Then what?
Russia holds all the cards on this one.
I do note the date is “After 2020” which is 6 years out and plenty of time to negotiate.
We can always accelerate the human transport development on the SpaceX Dragon Capsule.
Shoot the damn thing down then! That will show them.
All the major life support modules on the International Space Station were built by the US and is control and regulated by ground stations based in the US.
So you Russkie kick us off, then Commie Scum freeze and breath vacuum.
Aren’t these situations covered in some sort of contract, before we become totally dependent on someone?
I would never have thought we were just winging it in space, and that we could be switched off at Russia’s whim, if something international came up.
having a US paid for space station with no way to get there is like building a mansion on an island without a boat.
Yes the US is that stupid.
One more nail in the coffin.
It is all broken.
Who didn’t see this coming?
The Gemini space missions took about 18 months from approval to first flight. All we need now is a man rated Dragon capsule and some engine replacements. Not a big deal. Also, NASA already has a contract with Bigelow Aerospace for a new crewed module. It is going to be attached to the ISS, but is designed to be a free floating station. Just put the Bigelow module in orbit, and we have a new space station.
The measure of a man is what he does with power.
Contracts???? If the Russians won’t transport US astronauts back and forth, that’s it. Fini. What are you going to do? Sue them?
I’m confused who you are calling a commie bastard.
“The Gemini space missions took about 18 months from approval to first flight.”
Sorry, that was another era and another America.
Today they Gemini program wouldn’t even be approved. Every space capsule design would have to be large enough for one woman, one minority, one gay, one transgendered - and probably one white male just to operate all those silly knobs and switch things.
Who did you say is handling our Muslim Outreach Program again? What has that got to do with anything!!??
China will have its own space station 2020.
If want to control space you need facilities there.
“large enough for one woman, one minority, one gay, one transgendered - and probably one white male just to operate all those silly knobs and switch things.”
Could you combine the first 4?
“Could you combine the first 4?”
You must be planning a really big rocket if you are going to take Oprah along!
I say we respond “Dear Vlad, we have decided to decommission the ISP in 2020 when you hear the ticking you will have............
“Nice space station, if you can keep it.”
Sure, contracts, international agreements, assurances that an agreement on a long term item won’t be used or disrupted by being used as manipulation.
We are not at war.
Sure, some long term obligations continue, even when countries are angry at each other.
Tell that to the Russians.
Tell them what? I was asking whether we had that sort of agreement before we started depending on them, or not.
Whether such an agreement exists or not is a moot point. If it exists the Russians just tore it up and burned the pieces.
It isn’t moot at all, let’s find out if there is one, before you decide that the Russians broke it.
Time to watch BA and LMT shares...
Like Navajo souvenirs made in China, Moon souvenir rocks were from somewhere else
> The US currently pays Russia $60 million per person to ferry its astronauts to the space station, and had planned to continue working on it until 2024.
Yeah, that’ll teach us, huh? Heh.
Welcome to MIR II or Salyut 8. B-P Thank you, Obongo. B-(
Yeah, I think the docking hatched used for the Shuttle were the same as for Apollo. I’d say we need to bring back Apollo, but as you put it, it was “another America” that built it, man-rated it and improved it.
I guess Wolowitz won’t be going back there anytime soon.