Roscosmo’s CEO Dmitry Rogozin spoke on the Soloviev Live YouTube channel about what worries the Russian authorities, as well as about the plans for the state-owned company itself.
The United States and NATO in space
Roskosmos is concerned that Western countries, particularly the United States, are launching potential weapons carriers into outer space, Rogozin said.
“There is one subject that can not help but worry, this is the subject of the militarization of outer space. We see how the United States, first and foremost, and its NATO allies in recent decades have not launched weapons into space, but potential carriers of these weapons, he said.
He also noted that “intelligence groups in the United States are working very intensively, and this can only embarrass us as well.”
In this regard, Russia is tracking a US military X-37 orbital drone. “I can definitely tell you that when it comes to military space, we are definitely not behind anyone,” he assured.
shot down satellite
Speaking of the latest space debris scandal approaching the ISS, Rogozin noted that there are many such fragments in space that the earth attracts. Then this space debris burns into the atmosphere. The director general of Roskosmos assured that the Russian Ministry of Defense would not have gone to destroy the Tselina-D satellite if it had not had confidence in the security of the operation.
“These fragments are being monitored, we are exchanging this information with the Department of Defense … We are monitoring, and these fragments are not affecting the security of the ISS,” he said.
Rogozin added that Russia should have anti-satellite weapons: “Realizing that modern wars will no longer be contact wars, that is, they will not occur at the borders, future wars, God forbid, if they occur, they will start from “And any sensible person understands this. Therefore, we must protect ourselves in space as well.”
At the same time, he noted that “anti-satellite weapons have been developed for a long time, and there is no secret in this.” “The time came just when the Department of Defense decided to test,” he added.
Next week, according to Rogozin, the launch of another ISS module, Prichal, is planned: “This is a hub module that will allow docking with different ships: cargo, manned. With this, we complete the construction of the ISS in the Russian part.”
In addition, the state-owned company Energia instructed Rocket and Space Corporation (RKK) to develop a draft design for a new orbital station: “The draft design will be ready within a year and a half. There will be detailed calculations.
The Moon, Mars, Venus
The launch of the Luna-25 interplanetary station has been postponed until July 2022, Rogozin said. “For the first time in 46 years, we are resuming the lunar program, and we are flying where the Soviet Union has never flown – this is the moon’s south pole,” said the head of Roskosmos.
Rogozin explained that experts from the Academy of Sciences believe that “there are large deposits of ice, and ice is water, oxygen, hydrogen – both fuel and breath.” According to him, an uninhabited flight must first be made – without one person.
In addition, there is less than a year left until the Mars mission. Rogozin noted that the flight to Mars would take nine months.
The head of Roscosmos also spoke of an agreement with the United States on a joint mission to explore Venus. He stated that Venus was traditionally considered a “Russian planet”, as only Soviet units landed on it.
For November 2029, Russia has planned to send the Venera-D automatic station to the planet. The device consists of an orbital and a landing part for a comprehensive study of Venus’ atmosphere, its surface, internal structure and surrounding plasma.