Elon Musk says SpaceX can protect the International Space Station after the threat from Russia

Elon Musk says SpaceX is prepared to stay afloat on the International Space Station – days after the head of Russia’s space agency oddly hinted that the ISS could fall to Earth following commands international sanctions against the Kremlin.

Musk was responding to remarks made by Roscosmos General Manager Dmitry Rogozin, who lashed out on Twitter last week after the Biden administration imposed a wave of sanctions affecting Russia’s space industry.

In one a bunch of tweetsRogozin believes that the ISS could plunge out of orbit if Russia withdraws cooperation from the joint effort.

“If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled orbit and fall into the United States or Europe?” Rogozin tweeted in Russian, according to translation. “There is also the option to drop the 500 ton structure to India and China. Do you want to intimidate them with such a prospect? The ISS does not fly over Russia so all risks are yours.”

Musk replied to Rogozin’s thread with a image of the SpaceX logo – and then confirmed His company will assist if Russia withdraws its support in a way that jeopardizes the space station.

Musk also responded to a series of tweets detailing how SpaceX could support the International Space Station if its Russian segment were to come apart, noting that it was a “Good topic.”

Russia is under growing economic pressure as countries around the world implement sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

Last week, President Biden noted that some sanctions would hurt “Russia’s aerospace industry, including its space program.”

Elon Musk hinted that SpaceX could get involved if Russia pulls out of the International Space Station.
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Despite Rogozin’s warnings, Russia has not yet withdrawn its cooperation with International Space Station activities.

A NASA spokesperson confirmed that the agency is still working on the Russian space program for the time being, CNN reported.

But geopolitical tensions have disrupted some international plans for space.

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Elon Musk responded after the head of Russia’s space agency suggested that the ISS could plunge to Earth without its support.
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On Monday, the European Space Agency said that plans for a 2022 mission to Mars with Russian cooperation are now “very difficult“Due to the actions of the Kremlin in Ukraine.

Over the weekend, Musk confirmed that SpaceX has rolled out “Starlink” internet access in Ukraine at the request of the country’s government. Elon Musk says SpaceX can protect the International Space Station after the threat from Russia


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