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Russia set to ban US from using space station


Posted on Wednesday, 14 May, 2014 | Comment icon 38 comments


American astronauts could soon be barred from accessing the station. Image Credit: NASA

The US will no longer have access to the station after 2020 as Russia responds to Ukraine sanctions.

The $150 billion space station has been synonymous with international co-operation since its construction began back in 1998, but now due to Russia's response to sanctions imposed by the United States over the Ukraine crisis it looks as though the project could come to a rather bitter end.

Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's deputy Prime Minister, has this week announced a series of punitive measures including the banning of American astronauts from accessing the station after 2020 and putting an end to US military satellites being launched on Russian rockets.

"These sanctions are out of place and inappropriate," he said. "We have enough of our own problems."

The US currently relies heavily on Russia for its operations aboard the station, both because it requires use of the Soyuz spacecraft to get astronauts up in to space and because the American segment of the station cannot operate without the Russian segment, even though the Russian segment can exist independently of its American counterpart.

It is possible that the two countries will reconcile their differences before 2020 and that the International Space Station program will continue, but right now things aren't looking too promising.

   
Source: Telegraph | Comments (38)

Tags: Ukraine, Russia, United States, ISS


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #29 Posted by Frank Merton on 16 May, 2014, 0:26
It may be the West was a little to eager and premature in wanting to get Russia involved with the west in space cooperation, and the Russians pulled a fast one thereby getting an advantage. The government in Russia as it now stands is not a democracy (the center has too much power to be arbitrary) nor is it an ideologically legitimate Communist entity. It is just a klepocracy.
Comment icon #30 Posted by DONTEATUS on 16 May, 2014, 1:44
Im almost 100% sure that NASA has had and will always be thinking quite a bit ahead of the curve ! Its Not Like them to be in a Hurry up and catch up mode ! Not in there vocabulary ! I hope ?
Comment icon #31 Posted by Frank Merton on 16 May, 2014, 2:46
I don't know that it much matters at this stage what the US does. Plenty of people are launching rockets, including private firms, so the progress in space will go on.
Comment icon #32 Posted by DONTEATUS on 16 May, 2014, 15:24
Elon Musk must have a Full Plate now ? I bet He`s Dreaming up a New Idea on how to do it !
Comment icon #33 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 16 May, 2014, 15:54
In that case, with all due respect to the article, the part about the Soyuz is factually wrong. Roscosmos has a contract with NASA for Soyuz launches until only 2017. (see here: ). After that NASA hopes to have independent access to the ISS via the Commercial Crew Program using either the Boeing CST-100, the SpaceX Dragon or the Sierra Nevada Dream Chaser. If this program delivers on time then access via Soyuz will not be an issue. If it is not on time and Roscosmos does not extend the contract with NASA then the crunch will come in 2017 not 2020. The 2020 deadline is simply the result o... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by DONTEATUS on 18 May, 2014, 16:42
Any bets on that facts about the ISS ? Fact the USA will not ever give up out presence in Space on the ISS. Fact THe Russians actually are just trying to Flex there Launch capibilities and the USA`s need for said Launch`s Anyone care to Say whats really going to Happen to the ISS ? Give it your best Shot !
Comment icon #35 Posted by MyOtherAccount on 3 June, 2014, 4:07
Perhaps we should sue them for breach of contract in the international courts?
Comment icon #36 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 3 June, 2014, 11:13
They have not breached any contracts. All the Russians have done is refuse to agree an extension to the life of the space station beyond the already agreed limit of 2020. They are continuing to provide Soyuz flights until 2017 as they are contracted to do. They are continuing to keep their side of the station operational until 2020 as they are contracted to do.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Finity on 4 June, 2014, 22:41
There will be an alternative to Soyuz by then. Soyuz is pretty old technology already, like most of Russia's stuff. It was only ever meant as a temporary measure after they retired the shuttles (which are still far more advanced than Soyuz even now, they should have kept them).
Comment icon #38 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 4 June, 2014, 23:09
Why, wasn't 2 destroyed vehicles and 14 dead astronauts enough? The Soyuz may be based on old technology but so was the shuttle (designed in the 1970s). The Soyuz has evolved. The current TMA-M series is the fifth generation. The Soyuz has three bid advantages over the shuttle as a ferry vehicle to the ISS: [list=1][*]It is much cheaper [*]It can remain attached to the ISS for more than 6 months compared with the shuttle's two weeks [*]It is much, MUCH safer[/list]


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