Mr. Rogozin Goes to Washington

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

Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin will be paying a visit to the United States at a date TBD, The Moscow Times reports.

The White House has temporarily lifted an entry ban imposed on the head of Russia’s federal space agency to allow him to visit the United States, the head of NASA has said in an interview with Russian media.

The U.S. banned entry to and froze the assets of ex-Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, along with other officials it blames for Moscow’s seizure of the Crimean peninsula in March 2014. Rogozin, 54, oversaw Russia’s powerful arms industry before he was appointed to head the Roscosmos state space agency earlier this year.

Rogozin will now be able to travel to the U.S. under a workaround that removes the sanctions for the duration of his visit, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told the state-run TASS news agency Friday.

  • windbourne

    While I support sanctions on Russia, it is crazy that we impose them on the space work. Russia has been a great partner on this and it is just plain foolish to do this.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Did you miss the part “oversaw Russia’s powerful arms industry”?

    Rocket tech can either be used for good or evil, which is why it’s very regulated.

  • duheagle

    Russia has been anything but a “great partner” in recent years. I have no problem with “Trampoline Dmitri” paying us a visit, but the U.S. needs to be about the business of doing an orderly close-out on all our space “cooperation” with Russia ASAP.

  • therealdmt

    “The U.S. banned entry to and froze the assets of ex-Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry…Rogozin will now be able to travel to the U.S. under a workaround that removes the sanctions for the duration of his visit.”

    Sounds like a nice opportunity for him to get some banking done while he’s away. Sweet

  • windbourne

    No. I saw it. Your point being??

    Look, Russia has been a good space partner in spite of the other issues. That means we should keep them.

  • windbourne

    Really? Are we still accessing ISS? It sure appears so. That would be thank to Russia. That is why they need us and we need them.

  • P.K. Sink

    I’m for including them in our deep space plans…but not making any part reliant on them.

  • duheagle

    It is not, in any sense, “thanks” to Russia that we are still accessing ISS. We’re paying through the nose for the privilege. Think of it as a steep tax on past poor decisions.

    We need them for a few more months – maybe a year – for ISS access. We need to cooperate anent ISS with them until ISS is decommissioned, whenever that turns out to be. ULA needs them for four more years for RD-180’s. NGIS needs them for an indeterminate period for RD-181’s.

    But we don’t need Russia for anything else, especially deep space. Cultivating new dependencies on Russia would be pretty much a textbook example of stupidity. Russia should play no role in Gateway – which should be canceled in any event. Russia should play no role in any U.S. return to the Moon or mission to Mars.

  • duheagle

    Why? What does Russia bring to the party? Their entire hardware roster comes straight out of the Nikita Khrushchev Army-Navy Store.

    And they’re broke. What in the world do we gain by dragging Russians along on our future space endeavors as welfare cases? If we’re looking to staff up a Moon base, we wouldn’t sweep up some random homeless people from San Fran and launch them into space. When ISS is gone, the Russians will be the new space homeless.

    When Russia was actually a player, it was also our enemy. After a few apparently unsatisfying years of trying to play nice, Russia has decided that it once more wants to be our enemy. So it goes. But Russia is far less consequential now than it was then. And Russia will rapidly diminish further as time goes on. Let them. Outer space will be the better for no long-term Russian presence there. No one else will miss them when they’re gone.

  • duheagle

    Wrong and wrong.

  • duheagle

    On the list of notorious foreign scumbags who have, nonetheless, been allowed to enter the U.S. on occasion, for particular purposes, “Trampoline Dmitri” wouldn’t rank anywhere near even the Top 100. Special arrangements have had to be made any number of times in the past for worthies such as Fidel Castro. Rogozin is small potatoes. No big deal at all.

  • P.K. Sink

    Agreed. But keep your friends close…and your enemies closer.

  • windbourne

    shhhh.

  • windbourne

    where should they spend at? Military or Space?
    I like seeing them invest into space.

  • duheagle

    Thanks. But I prefer my enemies in the ground. The ground can be close or far away or somewhere in between. Doesn’t matter.

  • duheagle

    Then you’re likelier to get your wish if we cut them off with all deliberate speed. There’s no reason for the Russians to “invest” anything in manned space if they can drag there free on our dime. If we cut them off, they’ll at least have to invest what it takes to keep their antique rockets flying enough to replenish their antique satellite networks without which their military cannot function anymore than ours can and lack of which would forfeit any credible claim to being a “power,” never mind a “superpower.” If that leaves nothing left for manned spaceflight – tough.

  • Lee

    Wow. Just wow. Your naivete with regards to the Russians is just mind blowing. Do you *really* think that they have *ever* invested in anything space related to the detriment of their military programs? If you really believe that, I have some cheap acreage to sell you my south Florida development. It’s called “Treadwater Acres” lol.

  • windbourne

    `tchyo za ga`lima? либо дураком, который думает, что он знает сегодняшних русских, или 70 лет. который применяет правила ussr к putin.

    You obviously do not know Russians.

  • windbourne

    Who said that we pay? If we get a full train going from Kennedy to one or both poles along with housing using private space, Russia should be able to either build their own train and housing or buy service on any or all part of private space.
    Ideally, other nations, including Russia, would first jump on private space, then add their own housing, while at same time, developing their launch system to go to the moon with cargo. Other nations could develop various aspect of their space program, all while being in leo space stations, and on the moon. That will get them ready for mars. And yes, Russia , along with other nations, know that they want to be on moon and mars with us and WILL spend the money.

  • duheagle

    Somebody doesn’t know Russians.

  • duheagle

    We’ve been subsidizing Russia’s presence on ISS heavily for years in addition to paying outrageous rates for the monopoly on crew transport Russia currently enjoys due to two decades of serial boneheaded decision making by past Presidents of both parties, Congress and NASA.

    “Ideally” is not a word that typically applies to international efforts of any kind. There will be departures from the ideal anent deep space activities even in the absence of any arrogantly mendicant Russians looking to throw their rapidly diminishing weight around. No need to guarantee problems by including people with a long and flagrant history of inability to play nicely with others.

    The Russians will not spend what it takes to be a future consequential player in manned activities in deep space. They don’t have the money to do so now and the future is going to be even worse in that respect.

    The Russians see themselves as having a divine right to be in space just as they imagine they have a divine right to boss their neighbors around as it suits them. We need to do everything we can to disabuse them of their overripe delusions of grandeur during their coming century of eclipse. No more U.S. government subsidy for self-declared enemy nations.

  • windbourne

    yeah. But in the 80s, I was reading their chem/bio ‘rags’ and working on stopping them. I learned a lot about them.
    And the best thing that we can do is go to the moon and invite Russia along. By hook/crook, Russia WILL spend the money on getting their and then improving their own systems to be able to go to the moon with us. The same is true of Mars.
    It is Russia’s divine right to be there neck/neck with us yankees, no matter what it costs them and no matter where else they have to cut.

  • windbourne

    to be fair, it is in no small part due to W’s allowing Putin to do what he wanted in Georgia, and then the W/GOP’s putting troops on Ukraine border, and then add in O’s pushing Ukraine away from RUssia that caused the Crimea invasion. Keep in mind that reagan had an agreement with Gorby to not do this, and yet, we did.