Russia has reacted Sunday to the successful launch of a rocket, american SpaceX to the international space Station (ISS), promising to test two new rockets in 2020 and return to its lunar programme next year.
These comments of the Russian space agency Roskosmos intervene after take-off a historic Saturday in Florida of a rocket from the private company SpaceX, which has won two american astronauts to the ISS, ending the Russian monopoly of nine years on the manned flights to the destination Station.
“We have no intention to remain inactive. This year, we are going to test two new rockets and next year, we will resume our lunar programme, ” responded on Twitter to the spokesperson of Roskosmos, Vladimir Oustimienko.
The boss of Roskosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, had said the previous day that Russia was planning to fall a launch test of a rocket heavy Angara, which is supposed to replace aging launchers Proton, but the development is very slow.
He also said that Russia would accelerate the development of its missile heavy intercontinental ballistic Sarmat, presented as being supposed to overcome all sorts of anti-missile defence systems.
Since 2011 and the end of the space shuttle program for the u.s., sending american astronauts on the ISS could not be carried only on vessels Russian Soyuz.
According to specialists, Roskosmos bill instead of $ 80 million, a windfall not negligible for the space agency annual budget of about two billion dollars.
Sunday, Roskosmos, has ensured that the United States had, however, always in need of Russia. “It is really important to have at least two options for getting to the station. Because you never know… “, said Mr. Oustimienko.
A Source of immense pride to the soviet era, the space sector in the Russian encounter serious difficulties since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. These recent years have been marked by several corruption scandals and a series of product launches that failed, of which one was a manned flight, fortunately without consequences for the two astronauts who were able to eject.