Elon Musk wants to save the ISS following Russian threats


Elon Musk says SpaceX would save the International Space Station if Russia pulls out of the space program following tough US sanctions.

Elon Musk hinted that SpaceX could help save the International Space Station (ISS) if Russia tries to sabotage it following tough US sanctions on the country. The ISS is a multinational collaborative project involving several countries, including the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and the European Space Agency (ESA).

While cooperation between NASA and Roscosmos (Russian space agency) has remained strong despite serious political differences between Russia and the United States, the invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing sanctions now threaten to create damage irreparable to relations between the space agencies of the two countries.


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Elon Musk has noted that SpaceX will come to the rescue of the International Space Station if Russia tries to knock it out of orbit. Musk’s response came after a flurry of angry tweets from Russian space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin, who complained about US sanctions on Russia interfering with the agency’s work on the ISS. According to Rogozin, Russian expertise and technology are needed not only to keep the ISS in working order, but also to prevent it from falling out of orbit and crashing into Earth. “If you stop cooperating with us, who will save the ISS from uncontrolled deorbiting and falling to the United States and Europe?” Rogozin tweeted on Friday. In response to that tweet, Musk simply posted a SpaceX logo indicating that the company stands ready to step in and take responsibility for protecting the ISS, should the situation warrant it.

Musk doubled down on his plans to save the ISS

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The SpaceX CEO also posted an edited image of the ISS that depicted the space station without the Russian segment, and a SpaceX Dragon attached in its place. The International Space Station is divided into two sections: the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS), operated by Russia, and the American Orbital Segment (USOS), operated by the United States and other countries. While the Russian segment includes six modules, the US segment includes ten modules, with support services split between NASA and the Japanese, Canadian and European space agencies.

Musk often promises incredible solutions to complex problems without always having a clear plan to deliver the goods. For example, when many young people in Thailand were trapped in a cave a few years ago, Musk promised to rescue the children, although his plans never quite materialized. The children were eventually rescued, no thanks to Musk. He’s also often gotten into trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulators for speaking out of turn, but none of that has ever deterred him as he continues to shoot hip. As for the fallout between NASA and Roscosmos, it remains to be seen whether the Russian space agency will follow through on its threat, and if so, whether SpaceX or Elon Musk can save the ISS from premature demise.

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