There’s a nasty, increasingly public battle that has engulfed a handful of former cosmonauts, a robot, and the current leader of Russia’s space program, Dmitry Rogozin, in controversy. The genesis of the dispute seems to be that some former cosmonauts have begun to speak out against Rogozin’s leadership of Russia’s space efforts—which has at times seemed self-serving —amid the rise of competitors like SpaceX and the decline of the country’s aging infrastructure. Further Reading A big salary, luxury cars, and a new dacha—Russia's space leader lives large The most outspoken critic of Rogozin and Russia’s space program has been Maxim Suraev, a Russian fighter pilot who served six-month stints on the International Space Station in 2010 and 2014. After retiring from the cosmonaut corps, Suraev was elected to the State Duma, the lower house of the Russian assembly. For reasons that are not entirely clear, Suraev’s criticism of the state of the Russian space program has escalated in recent weeks. For example, one week ago he tweeted an image comparing the interior of the Russian Soyuz vehicle with that of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, developed for NASA, with the caption, “Needless to say, you can see for yourself.” Слов нет,… Read full this story
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