Russian Rocket program named as Roscosmos lost its reputation after the failure in the launch of High profile Soyuz Booster. As the number of competitors is rising, Russia thinks that it needs to make its unique position and to defeat the competitors. Bloomberg reports that Roscosmos is now reevaluating its future. In particular, the business magazine found, the agency’s ire is aimed at Elon Musk’s SpaceX.
Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos always served as International space courier. They contracted with NASA to send their astronauts into the orbit in their Soyuz rockets.
Roscosmos will be attempting to make its next mission successful of sending the first crew into space in their Soyuz rocket. Four astronauts will be sent to the ISS, International Space Station in this April in Reusable spacecraft named as Dragon 2. It also blamed some sanctions and week currency as told by Bloomberg.
Roscosmos is “obviously concerned,” NASA associate administrator William Gerstenmaier told Bloomberg in Moscow. “They share some of the same problems we do — there’s a finite amount in the budget in our countries and space flight is part of the discretionary budget.” William Gerstenmaier is planning to attend the launch which is at Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome and the astronauts involved are Oleg Kononenko who belongs to Russia and Anne McClain who is from the U.S. The launch is planned in Moscow at 2:31 p.m. which will be telecasted on the NASA website.
Roscosmos has been subjected to hearing many allegations as they faced repeated failures. The blame of misspending is also there. Due to all this they are facing lack of resources and financial support.
Roscosmos is dealing with more than international competition from the private sector, though. The head of a Russian auditing group said in November that the equivalent of billions of dollars had been “basically stolen” from the agency’s coffers.
Gerstenmaier, who is the administrator of NASA said that the collaboration between the two countries will result in fruitful things.
“We see tremendous advantages in us working together and cooperating,” he told Bloomberg. And if there’s “even a little competition in some areas,” he said, “that’s healthy too.”
“They are obviously concerned” about losing income from sending U.S. astronauts into orbit, Gerstenmaier said in an interview in Moscow before traveling to Baikonur. “They share some of the same problems we do — there’s a finite amount in the budget in our countries and space flight is part of the discretionary budget.”
Roscosmos is also facing difficulties as SpaceX promises to deliver the astronauts to the ISS under NASA’s Commercial Crew Project in cheaper rockets so why would some countries go for the lucrative Rockets of Russia. Elon Musk’s Space Explorations Technologies Corp. have taken advantage of this thing.
The estimated amount is said to be $2.6 billion which is given to the Roscosmos for delivering the astronauts to the ISS. When the shares of Rocket technology fell in 2017, Russia blamed the sanctions and increased competition. It singled out SpaceX for allegedly undercutting the market thanks to U.S. government assistance it received.
Reliant on technology developed decades ago in the Soviet Union, Russia may find it’s increasingly overtaken in the new space race. While NASA has a contract to send astronauts to the ISS with Roscosmos until February 2020, it will stop paying for seats on the Soyuz after that if the Commercial Crew program goes to plan, Gerstenmaier said.
The windfall funding from the U.S. hasn’t always been spent wisely. Alexei Kudrin, the head of the country’s Audit Chamber, told Russia’s lower house of parliament in June that he found 760 billion rubles ($11.4 billion) of financial violations on Roscosmos’s books.
“Several billion have been spent, basically stolen, that we are currently investigating,” Kudrin said in an interview aired Nov. 25 on state-run Rossiya 24 TV. “Roscosmos is the champion in terms of the scale of such violations.”
Kudrin’s criticism related to a 2017 audit, Roscosmos told the Tass news service.
According to Gerstenmaier, The agency has faced a series of other problems. A critical defect was discovered on a launchpad of its newest cosmodrome, Vostochny, in Russia’s the Far East, RBC newspaper reported last week. Separately, a commission is still studying the cause of a mysterious hole found on a Russian module of the ISS. A spacewalk is planned for Dec. 11 to investigate the issue further, though a final report isn’t expected until February
“We see tremendous advantages in us working together and cooperating,” Gerstenmaier said. If the two agencies also pursue “dissimilar capabilities, or there’s even a little competition in some areas, that’s healthy too,” he said.
More about Roscosmos
Originally established as the Federal Space Agency (Russian: Федеральное космическое агентство, Federal’noye kosmicheskoye agentstvo), the agency evolved and consolidated itself from an independent state enterprise to the national megacorporation on 28 December 2015 through a presidential decree. When reorganized in 1992, Roscosmos was originally known as the Russian Aviation and Space Agency (Russian: Российское авиационно-космическое агентство, Rossiyskoe aviatsionno-kosmicheskoe agentstvo, commonly known as Rosaviakosmos).
The headquarters of Roscosmos are located in Moscow, while the main Mission Control space center is located in the nearby city of Korolev. The Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center is in Star City, also in Moscow Oblast. The launch facilities used are Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan (with most launches taking place there, both manned and unmanned), and Vostochny Cosmodrome being built in the Russian Far East in Amur Oblast.
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