Not long ago, SpaceX successfully carried out a manned round-trip mission to and from the International Space Station through a Falcon rocket and a Dragon spacecraft. With a better price/performance ratio, it is clear that NASA’s future reliance on Russian Soyuz rockets and Soyuz spacecraft will be greatly reduced. However, the Russian side is not “sitting on the table.”
Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s space agency, has said it is developing a liquid oxygen methane rocket that replaces Soyuz 2, which can be reused at least 100 times,media reported.
Rogozin didn’t shy away from taking note of what his American counterparts had achieved, but stressed that “our engineers don’t repeat SpaceX, but rather surpass them faster.”
Regarding the recent success of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft’s space mission, Rogozin also noted that “there are improvements, such as the return module can only land on the surface of the water, and we can achieve a land-based landing.”
In addition, Rogozin believes that “Venus is much more interesting than Mars” and hopes that Russian space flight will replicate the achievements of Venus’s exploration sand son in the 1960s and 1980s and launch another Venus probe.