SpaceX officials couldn’t resist poking fun at Russia when the company recently launched 48 “Starlink” satellites – escalating a feud with Russia’s space agency that has intensified since the Kremlin widely condemned its invasion started in Ukraine.
Just seconds before launch on Wednesday, a SpaceX director mocked Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, who said on March 3 he would no longer allow Russian rockets to be sold to the US in retaliation for implementing sanctions.
“Time to fly the American broomsticks and hear the sounds of freedom,” she said SpaceX launch leader said while giving the last “go” signal before taking off.
Rogozin drew widespread ridicule from SpaceX founder Elon Musk and others after declaring on state television that he would be denied access to Russia’s “world’s best rocket engines” – adding that the US “needs to be on something else like their broomstick.” to fly”.
Musk responded to a screenshot of Rogozin’s remarks by linking to a previous SpaceX rocket launch “Falcon 9” along with the phrase “American broomstick” and four American flags.
Musk and Rogozin have repeatedly exchanged barbs since SpaceX began providing “Starlink” internet access to support the people of Ukraine during the war.
When Rogozin made a bizarre comment about the International Space Station falling out of orbit without Russian help, Musk replied that SpaceX was equipped to safely keep the station running if needed.
Rogozin later allegedly ripped Musk off for helping Ukraine despite SpaceX’s status as a civilian company – saying the billionaire “chosen his side” after the Russian invasion. Musk responded by targeting Russia over Ukraine’s ongoing internet outages.
“Ukraine’s civilian internet had strange outages – bad weather maybe? — so SpaceX is helping fix it,” Musk tweeted.
Musk has also warned people in Ukraine to be careful when using Starlink internet – acknowledging that the Russian military would likely be tracking the satellite signals.
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