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ISS Crew Launch Failure

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bmk1245
4 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

1. [...]The reality is that NASA and Roscosmos continue to need each other for now, so they will continue to cooperate.

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Well, NASA needs (for a while) Roskosmos, but Roskosmos, managed by "effective manager" Rogozin, needs NASA waaaay more. Shut those ties, and it will be the end of Roskosmos.

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Waspie_Dwarf
9 hours ago, bmk1245 said:

Well, NASA needs (for a while) Roskosmos, but Roskosmos, managed by "effective manager" Rogozin, needs NASA waaaay more. Shut those ties, and it will be the end of Roskosmos.

Not true.

The ISS is constructed in such a way that it requires both sides to operate it. Electrical power is provided by the US side, propulsion to keep the ISS in orbit is provided by the Russian side. If one agency walks away the other can no longer operate the ISS, If Russia abondons the ISS those nice new, shiny spacecraft that Boeing and SpaceX are building for NASA will have no where to go.

Roscosmos, on the other hand, are in partnership with China (as are ESA). When China launches it's space station their is a good chance that it will be visited by Russian cosmonauts, launched from Russia in Russian spacecraft.

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bmk1245
12 hours ago, Waspie_Dwarf said:

Not true.

The ISS is constructed in such a way that it requires both sides to operate it. Electrical power is provided by the US side, propulsion to keep the ISS in orbit is provided by the Russian side. If one agency walks away the other can no longer operate the ISS, If Russia abondons the ISS those nice new, shiny spacecraft that Boeing and SpaceX are building for NASA will have no where to go.

Roscosmos, on the other hand, are in partnership with China (as are ESA). When China launches it's space station their is a good chance that it will be visited by Russian cosmonauts, launched from Russia in Russian spacecraft.

ISS is just one bit of Roskosmos' income. Cut all ties (and in technology sense), and russkie space industry will meet its end.

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