Russia to Musk, "Challenge accepted!" That is the message obtained when describing rubbish-talk from Russia as reported by BGR.
"Elon Musk and SpaceX will not lead a rocket space race that can be reused for a long time, at least not if Russia has something to say about it. The Russian Keldysh Research Center has worked on rocket solutions that can be reused for almost a decade now, and now it is increasing the hype with new concept videos that show how the spacecraft works.
"Speaking with reporters, Vladimir Koshlakov explained that Elon Musk and SpaceX did not pose a real threat to the group's plans. Musk, Koshlakov said, relying on technology would soon be old-fashioned, while Russia looked towards the formation of future space. "
This is a bit like what you would expect from a heavyweight boxer before a big match on pay-per-view. Except, in this case, it's hard to understand what the stakes are. The first race room is about national pride. Even then, it is almost not important which country reaches space first, or the first to leave a souvenir on the moon.
People will think we have gone through all that with the success of the international space station. It stands as a testimony to what we can do when we go beyond the artificial line on the map and rise above political differences to be united as one person.
But that's not what we said during the first space race. And it seems that it doesn't fly at this time. The one flown was Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster. Because where it is, we don't need to walk.
We can easily imagine a future where reusable rockets will be useful. But there will be many businesses to go around. In the end, it doesn't matter who finished it first. As for bragging rights, it is the government versus the individual. And that individual wins.
That said, Russians knew their way in space. And we can only benefit from their contributions. They also know the way around nuclear. So it only makes sense that they have succeeded in combining the two.
Note that this is not the first time Russian space officials have joined Musk in his ambitions. Vladimir Solntsev, Russian general director of RSC Energia, the country's leading aerospace contractor, suggested that Musk would not be able to send customers into space and around a month next year.
Sontsev is not wrong about what he said. Musk does have a tendency to overpromise. We haven't seen Musk's design. There are no launch vehicles and no spacecraft. Then again, Musk owned one of his cars in space and headed to Mars. Your step, Russia.