Rogozin: Russia Won’t Play Second Fiddle on Lunar Gateway

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin does not appear to be a fan of the planned Lunar Gateway.

During his meeting with young people, Rogozin said that a lunar program was the peak of the world space powers’ scientific efforts.

“The United States is developing their program called Deep Space Gateway. They have been suggesting our participation in that program, but believe it is theirs,” Rogozin said. “It is such a great American national program but everybody must take part in it.”

Rogozin said he did not like the idea “very much”, since “Russia simply cannot afford to take a back seat in foreign projects” and added that Russia was developing “its own transport system.”

The remarks caused some consternation that Russia was going to pull out of the NASA-led international venture. Roscosmos Spokesman Vladimir Ustimenko denied the report, saying talks remain underway on Russia’s participation in the project.

  • duheagle

    We certainly are. Russia used to be but they’ve been regressing as witness the near-20-year death march of the Nauka module. There was a time when Russia had quite a bit it might have taught the Chinese. Now? Not so much.

  • duheagle

    No, we don’t. Russia, under the Chekista Putin, had been hostile to the West in general and the U.S. in particular since he first took office. Ukraine was moving steadily West-ward, looking to join the EU among other things Russia found particularly vexing. So Russia fiddled with Ukrainian elections and got his stooge “elected” who promptly dropped all the pro-Western initiatives. The Ukrainians, quite properly, rose up and ran the Quisling into Russian exile and put things back on a pro-Western track. The Obama administration, as was its wont, dithered and moped and – finally – came out with a lukewarm approval of Ukrainian resistance to Russian hijinks. Then Putin grabbed off Crimea and invaded Eastern Ukraine and even the feckless Obama State Dept. had to react to that.

  • Robert G. Oler

    we are….the Russians are not

  • Robert G. Oler

    what Ed Boland said…not a chance

  • Michael Halpern

    they have been working on BFR in back-burner for a few years now

  • Michael Halpern

    remember Russia has nukes so treading carefully isn’t a bad thing

  • Robert G. Oler

    sure that means nothing, they say that all the time…nothing will go to orbit BFR/BFS until mid 20’s at best and Dear Moon has not a chance of flying until late next decade…Ed Boland.

  • duheagle

    Yes, Russia has nukes. So do we. Neither side is going to use them when lesser means will do. Why is it that we are supposed to walk softly around Russia and not the reverse? The Obama administration refused to supply weapons to Ukraine and repeatedly kowtowed to the Russians anent Syria. The Trump administration has sent weapons to Ukraine and actually killed Russians on the ground in Syria. You’ll notice that the world has not come to an end as a result.

  • Michael Halpern

    While trying to pull out of the middle east? (Except in direct defense of Isreal)

  • Michael Halpern

    Mid next decade more likely

  • ThomasLMatula

    Evidence?

    “in god we trust all others must bring data” W. Edwards Deming

  • ThomasLMatula

    Russia has always had a “Cold War” with the West. That is why they sold the United States Alaska, but it annoyed the British who were their opponents in the 19th Century version of the Cold War. When England declined following WWII, the U.S. simply took their place as the main Cold War enemy. When President Putin is long gone and is replaced Russia will still be at a Cold War with the west. Its just simple geopolitics.

  • Vladislaw

    From my understanding with the Russian funding priorities they would be lucky if they could many of them to actually launch?

  • Vladislaw

    ah .. actually no . it is still Plum Brook

    “World’s Largest Vacuum Chamber Can Swallow Lesser Vacuum Chambers”

    “Built in 1969, the Space Power Facility is located in Plum Brook Station, part of the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. At 122-feet tall with a 100-foot diameter, the SPF is the world’s largest vacuum chamber. It was originally commissioned to test the thermal vacuum-readiness and electromagnetic interference-resistance of both nuclear and conventionally-powered spacecraft (though no nuclear tests were ever performed), high-energy experiments, rocket-fairing separations, and the like.”

    https://gizmodo.com/5913967/worlds-largest-vacuum-chamber-can-swallow-lesser-vacuum-chambers/