For years, the Russian space agency Roscosmos has been serving as an international space service, committing NASA to bring astronauts and equipment aboard their reliable Soyuz rockets into orbit.
But in the wake of a Soyuz booster failure last month and in the face of new competitors in the private space industry Bloomberg reports that Roscosmos is now reevaluating its future. The business magazine pointed out that the wrath of the agency on SpaceX is directed by Elon Musk.
In his latest annual report, Roscosmos SpaceX – who proposed sending four NASA astronauts to International Space Station in April accused April of abusing his reusable Dragon 2 spacecraft ̵
Roscosmos is "obviously worried," said NASA's partner administrator William Gerstenmaier in Moscow Bloomberg . "They have some of the same problems we do – in our countries there is a limited amount in the budget, and space is part of the discretionary budget."
Roscosmos has more to contend with the international competition private sector, however. The head of a Russian audit group said in November that the equivalent of billions of dollars had been "stolen" from the coffers of the agency.
But Gerstenmaier, NASA's administrator, expressed the hope that cooperation between the two countries dates back to the Soviet Union of the 1970s – will continue in the future regardless of the changing industry.
"We see tremendous benefits in working together and cooperating," he said Bloomberg . And if there is "even some competition in some areas," he said, "that's healthy too."
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