BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) — The head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) recently angered NASA and Musk’s SpaceX, saying the cost of launching a sophisticated Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station is still lower than the u.S. SpaceX offer, and that Russia’s Soyuz rockets are still “lonely and defeated” in the space field.
In an English-language comment shared on the Russian Space Agency’s website, Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, accused the agency of being unprofessional. He also claimed that Russia still dominates the global space industry and hinted that future space station astronauts would live in space without NASA’s help. Earlier, The head of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, scoffed at the lack of a manned flight plan in the United States, saying it was “better to send astronauts to the International Space Station on a trampoline”. After the successful launch of NASA and SpaceX, Musk responded specifically at a subsequent press conference, speaking with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine: “The trampoline worked!” “
Dmitri Rogozin is understood to have fired into the U.S. after NASA and SpaceX successfully sent Robert Benken and Douglas Hurley into space using privately-owned aerial rockets.
He said the U.S. spacecraft weighs more than twice as much as a Russian spacecraft, which means the former carries less cargo than the Soyuz. “With that in mind, our launch costs are much lower than in the United States,” said Dmitry Rogozin. America’s “guys” seem to confuse the concept of launch cost and market-led launch service prices. Therefore, I insist that, whatever our competitors say, the Soyuz-2.1 launch vehicle has not had and still does not have any competitors to challenge against. “
In response, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said working with private companies like SpaceX was necessary because it had become expensive to use the Russian space agency’s Soyuz rocket to get to the space station. In theory, at least, using SpaceX’s spacecraft is millions of dollars cheaper than Soyuz.
It is clear that the cost of the American-Russian rocket sits varies significantly in terms of price alone. A seat on SpaceX’s manned spacecraft, the Falcon 9 rocket, will cost $55 million, while a seat on the Russian space agency Soyuz will cost about $90 million. Still, Dmitry Rogozin insists that Russian launches are actually cheaper.