Russian “Soyuz” to continue to carry space tourists to the ISS among Russian space-race crisis


Roscosmos plans to continue carrying foreign tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) after 2023, RIA Novosti reports. Deputy General Director for International Cooperation Sergey Savelyev spoke about the corresponding intentions of the state corporation. In 2021 and 2023, those who have already placed an order through the American operator Space Adventures will fly. In fact, on October 5 this year actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko will go into orbit to shoot the feature film “The Challenge”.

For the whole of 2020, Russia performed only 17 space launches, this is an all-time low since the start of the space race. According to the statements of Russian experts, the domestic rocket and space industry has practically “died”. Now the “international cooperation” of the state corporation is gradually slipping into the entertainment of wealthy foreign idlers.

Of course, one can reason from the standpoint that “it’s good that launches are still being carried out in general”, “foreigners partially recoup the cost of building missiles” and so on. But from the point of view of the prospects for the development of cosmonautics, the transportation of tourists to orbit only aggravates Russia’s technological lag behind the leading countries. Instead of making the most of the available opportunities for the development of science, we are engaged in the provision of useless services to the rich.

Judging by the news feed, the number of bankrupt and closed factories built prior to 1991 exceeds the number of high-tech industries that are being established. There is a lot of news about the state’s preoccupation for “wearing the pants” when it comes to small business support, tourism business and the construction of entertainment facilities and generally running a service-based economy. The powerful industry inherited from the USSR is replaced by the current “effective managers” with shopping centres, private recreation centres and other “entertainment” and service industries.

This is all understandable. After all, the businessmen who seized power in the country thirty years ago are more interested in “cinema, wine and dominoes”, where you can quickly and inexpensively get instant profit.