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Important Roscosmos official endorses continuing cooperation with US in space

In a clear sign of the distinct change in atmosphere since the removal of Dmitry Rogozin as head of Roscosmos, the executive director of human space flight programs at Roscosmos, Sergei Krikalev, yesterday endorsed the longstanding cooperation between the U.S. and Russia in space.

Krikalev’s comments came after the launch yesterday of Endurance with one Russian astronaut as part of its four-person crew.

At a briefing after the Oct. 5 launch of the Crew-5 mission from the Kennedy Space Center, Sergei Krikalev, executive director of human space flight programs at Roscosmos, emphasized long-running cooperation between the United States and Russia in civil space, cooperation that has been strained since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

“We just continue what we started many years ago in 1975 when the Apollo-Soyuz crew worked together, and now we continue our cooperation,” he said after mentioning a “new phase of cooperation” with the exchange of seats between NASA and Roscosmos.

To understand the importance of Krikalev’s comments, you must also understand the context. First, Krikalev is a very significant figure in the history of Russia. He was called the last Soviet citizen, having been stranded on Mir an extra few months when the Soviet Union fell in 1991. Then he was the first Russian to fly on the shuttle, followed later by being on the first mission to ISS, when it was only two modules.

Since his retirement as an active astronaut, he has become the man in charge of Russia’s manned program, where he clashed with Rogozin several times over policy. His opposition to Rogozin almost certainly was a factor in Rogozin’s removal.

Krikalev’s endorsement of continuing the U.S-Russian partnership only cements that partnership, especially because Krikalev himself is a dyed-in-the-wool communist at heart. At least, he said so emphatically when I interviewed him at length in 2003 for Leaving Earth. I doubt his mind has changed in this matter, though his relentless honesty as an engineer has probably shaken his dedication to that failed ideology in subsequent years.

Nonetheless, his standing in Russia gives any statement he makes great weight. Expect more efforts by the Russians to ease tensions with the U.S., though their chances of success will be limited as long as Russia is continuing its unprovoked invasion of the Ukraine.

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4 comments

  • pzatchok

    Limo rides are hard to turn down. Especially when a large portion of your funding could be coming from the source of that ride.

  • LocalFluff

    On another note, after the US in an other WW3 act of war on Russia destroyed Europe’s critical civilian energy infrastructure in international waters, Russia might have responded in kind and “lasered” NATO satellites out of existence in international space.
    https://english.pravda.ru/news/world/154276-nord_streams_explosions/

    Image of a laser destroying NATO surveillance infrastructure?:
    https://www.newsweek.com/russia-ukraine-laser-weapon-peresvet-light-1749202

  • Churchjack

    “ I doubt his mind has changed in this matter, though his relentless honesty as an engineer has probably shaken his dedication to that failed ideology in subsequent years”

    I don’t – I’m chuckling as I read this. I’ve worked for engineers for the past couple decades, and when they think they’ve mastered a political “solution”, that’s all she wrote.
    My pet theory is that their personality types kind of put them on the spectrum, and what might just by golly be obvious to them as problem solvers, often neglect the X factor of….people. We’re not nuts and bolts, or amps and volts, or ions to be mathed into perfect order. This really and truly evades many of that type.

  • Edward

    Churchjack,
    You wrote: “My pet theory is that their personality types kind of put them on the spectrum, and what might just by golly be obvious to them as problem solvers, often neglect the X factor of….people. We’re not nuts and bolts, or amps and volts, or ions to be mathed into perfect order. This really and truly evades many of that type.

    You may want to reconsider that pet theory. Engineers are all too aware that people are more difficult to work with than nuts and volts. This is why we are engineers and not managers, who have to work with their people’s varied behaviors. That unpredictable X factor is all too obvious to us, and we do not like it.

    When an engineer thinks that he has mastered a solution, it is because he worked hard at it. He has mastered it, not put together some kludgey hodge podge of ideas that make him feel good. If you want him to change his mind, you have to demonstrate where his mastery is incorrect. If you, like many naysayers here have done, merely tell him that he is wrong because you say so, then you have failed to be convincing and should not be surprised that the engineer has not considered changing his mind.

    Apparently, two decades of working with engineers has not given you the insight that you think it has.

    If Krikalev has paid attention then he should have doubts about his failed ideology. The real question is whether he accepts the evidence from around the world and through history or whether he chooses to see what he wants to see and disregards the rest.

    Please let me know whether this new evidence that I have provided to you has shaken your dedication to your pet theory or whether you still think you have mastered the X factor of engineers.

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