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Russians say “Nyet” to Dragon docking on its next flight

The competition plays hardball: The Russians say “Nyet” to letting SpaceX’s Dragon capsule dock with ISS on its next flight.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • P.S. Wallace

    And the other partners did not want tourists on board the ISS. So what, Russia?

  • Yeah, and considering that they won’t actually be docking the Dragon anyway, they’ll be berthing it, I can’t really see the point of this announcement.. it’s just politics.

  • Kelly Starks

    I’ve got two thoughts and a grin over this. Imean you could just write it off as Russia not wanting to help a possible competitor – but really SpaceX is in no position to compete with them.

    Or you could remember the Soviets/Russians nearly destroyed their Mir space Station, and nearly lost the crew, when they tried a test docking a prototype new automatic docking cargo craft. A good chunk of Mir was destroyed, and they been doing that sort of thing a LOT longer then musk has been walking around. So with Russia about to become the defacto owners of the ISS – they might very well not want some fly by night billionaire with political connections to trash it.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    It’s real simple – they know they aren’t going to be able to compete on price & probably not quality either, and that’s why they fear SpaceX. They’re in no hurry to lose business – they need the $$ they’re gonna derive by charging us millions per flight to carry our guys now that we have no other way to get ’em into space (after the final Shuttle flight)…

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