Russia’s space agency chief warned the US that the sanctions could destroy their cooperation on board the International Space Station which may cause it to fall on India and China.
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Following the imposition of multiple sanctions on Moscow, Russia’s space agency chief warned the US that the sanctions could “destroy our cooperation” on the International Space Station (ISS), and asked if the US wants to endanger India and China with the “possibility of a 500-tonne structure falling” on them.
The ISS program, which also includes Canada, Japan, and numerous European nations including as France, Italy, and Spain, is led by Russia and the United States.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a “special military operation” against Ukraine on Thursday, the US and its allies moved to freeze assets of four large Russian banks, impose export bans, and sanction oligarchs close to him.
According to CNN after US President Joe Biden’s announcement on Thursday of new sanctions that “will degrade” Russia’s “aerospace industry, including their space program,” Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin tweeted on Friday that Russian engines control the ISS orbit and location in space.
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In Russian, Rogozin tweeted, “If you block cooperation with us, who will save the International Space Station (ISS) from an uncontrolled deorbit and fall into the United States or…Europe?”
He also mentioned the “possibility of a 500-tonne structure falling on India and China,” according to him.
“Do you want to threaten them with such a prospect? The ISS does not fly over Russia, therefore all the risks are yours. Are you ready for them?,” The head of Russia’s space agency inquired.
According to space.com, a New York-based astronomy news website, one of his tweets asked, “Do you want to destroy our cooperation on the ISS?” The Russian portion of the ISS is in charge of the entire complex’s guidance, navigation, and control. It also noted that Russian Progress cargo craft offer periodic orbit-raising boosts for the ISS to keep it from sinking too low into the Earth’s atmosphere.
NASA dismissed public remarks from the head of its Russian counterpart on Friday, claiming that US sanctions imposed on Moscow over the Ukraine conflict could “destroy” US-Russian cooperation on the International Space Station (ISS).
On Thursday, Dmitry Rogozin, the director-general of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, took to Twitter to criticize new restrictions on high-tech exports to Russia, which U.S. President Joe Biden claimed were intended to “degrade their aerospace industry, including their space program.”
According to a Reuters translation of Rogozin’s words, he inquired in a series of tweets, “Do you want to destroy our cooperation on the ISS?”He also mentioned that the space station’s orbital control is exercised using the engines of a Russian cargo vessel connected to the ISS, which fire periodic rocket thrusts to maintain a safe height.
“If you block cooperation with us, then who is going to save the ISS from an uncontrolled descent from orbit and then falling onto the territory of the United States or Europe?” he asked. “There is also a scenario where the 500-ton structure falls on India or China. Do you want to threaten them with this prospect? The ISS doesn’t fly over Russia, so all the risks are yours.”