Roscosmos and its officials appear to be unhappy with the achievements of SpaceX and the manned Dragon spacecraft,media BGR reported. The Russian comments about the successful launch and docking of the manned Dragon were initially positive and congratulatory, but changed in the weeks that followed. The Russian space agency said SpaceX was “fighting” with Boeing, not Russia.
Russia has been monitoring the progress of the manned Dragon spacecraft mission. Since the space shuttle program was shut down, the Russian space agency has been NASA’s first choice to send its astronauts into space. In the days that followed, several officials from the Russian space agency responded to the success of the manned Dragon mission, but not all of the responses were congratulatory.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, mocked Russia at a news conference after SpaceX’s first successful manned launch. The report quoted Musk as saying that “the trampoline is working”, referring to some of the “demeaning” remarks made by Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s space agency.
Rogozin has previously joked that the U.S. might consider “using a trampoline” to send astronauts into space. Now that the U.S. has its own way of sending space travelers into the sky without relying on Russia, Musk’s joke caught Rogozin’s attention and congratulated him.
“Please convey my sincere greetings to the @elonmusk (I like the joke he made) and to the @SpaceX team. Rogozin commented on Twitter. “Looking forward to further cooperation!” Rogozin also tweeted NASA Director Jim Brydon Roscosmos and NASA’s Twitter account.
The official news for the Russian space agency itself is less optimistic. “We really don’t understand the hype surrounding the successful launch of a manned Dragon spacecraft,” Vladimir Ustimenko, a spokesman for the Russian space agency, said in a statement on Twitter. “What should have happened a long time ago has happened. “
Rogozin’s tweet was quickly deleted and his Twitter account disappeared, changing to the official account of the Russian space agency, Ars Technica reported. He then published an op-ed in Forbes, in which he made very different comments.
“Elon Musk didn’t knock us down — he knocked out our Boeing compatriots and got through their flight tests,” Rogozin said in the article. “This ‘war’ is theirs, but not ours. He also criticized the cost of the launch, saying Russia was working on a lower budget, stressing the value of the Russian Soyuz rocket platform.