RAS recommends postponing the lunar program

2021-01-14

The RAS (Russian Academy of Sciences) Space Council recommends that Roskosmos turns to the President with a proposal to amend the “Fundamentals of State Policy of the Russian Federation in the field of space activities for the period up to 2030 and beyond” in terms of postponing the creation of a super-heavy rocket complex.

The Council also insists on working out the use of the most promising and economically viable technologies in the project.

We have witnessed how Roskosmos, and hence Russia, are rapidly losing their positions in the field of space exploration. Over the past 30 years, Russia has turned from an advanced space power into a trailing power, now it is in third place in terms of the number of launches after the United States and China. In 2020, the Russian Federation set an anti-record altogether, having performed only 17 spacecraft launches. At the same time, some time ago, Russian pro-governmental propagandists were making fun of the United States offering them to launch people into space using a trampoline.

This state of affairs is a consequence of events that have taken place over the past three decades in Russia. The bourgeois counterrevolution led to a pervasive crisis in Russia. Many technologies were lost as a result of the industrial production collapse, and the technological level of the remaining enterprises lagged behind advanced countries for decades. The educational policy of the authorities was aimed at lowering the intellectual level of the country’s citizens, at introducing into their consciousness false ideas about the world around them, pseudoscientific theories and religious dogmas. This resulted in a sharp decline in the level of training of specialists in all areas. The collapse of industry followed with a collapse of science, as a result of which a significant part of the specialists went abroad.

In order to improve the situation, it is necessary to increase funding for the rocket and space and all related industries. But this will require considerable funds, for which it will be necessary either to increase taxes on big business or on workers. But the capitalists themselves will not raise taxes on themselves, therefore, a further increase in funding for the space program will be carried out at the expense of the workers. But you cannot take much from ordinary workers, so we should not expect radical changes in financial policy.

In addition, it is necessary to raise the educational level of the working masses, who ultimately create rockets and everything necessary for space exploration. For this, it is necessary to stop teaching religious dogmas in schools, to increase funding for education in the country, and to stop promoting pseudoscience in the media. However, this will lead to an increase in the cultural and educational level of the workers, which poses a mortal danger to the regime. That is why this will never be done as long as power in Russia belongs to the bourgeoisie.