”Russia Stops Delivery of Rocket Engines to U.S., Rogozin Recommends They ‘Fly Brooms’
March 3, 2022 (EIRNS)—Russia will stop deliveries of rocket engines to the United States, Roscosmos director Dmitry Rogozin announced today. “In this situation, we can no longer provide the U.S. with the best rocket engines in the world,” Rogozin said. “Let them fly on something else—their brooms.” Roscosmos will halt shipping RD-181 rocket engines to the U.S. and will no longer maintain the 24 engines that the U.S. currently owns. Sputnik reports that since the mid-1990s, 122 RD-180 engines for Atlas missiles have been delivered, and the U.S. has used 98 of them.
Rogozin also stated that he had written to Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, the head of the German Aerospace Center, announcing that Russia would cease conducting joint scientific experiments on the International Space Station, according to Sputnik. He said Germany had curtailed crucial joint space projects in a “hostile and destructive” action, including the shutdown of the German eROSITA wide-field telescope aboard the Russian observatory, which had led to the collapse of a unique scientific project to create a map of the sky in the Röntgen (X-ray) spectrum. “German colleagues who took such steps to politicize our relations will end up with nothing,” he said.
“Taking into account the completely unacceptable actions of our German colleagues, primarily the German Center for Aviation and Cosmonautics, I turned off one of the telescopes of our space observatory ‘Spektr-RG’, which is located at a distance of 1.5 million km from Earth at the Lagrange point L2. This is a completely civilian international mission to explore the starry sky,” Rogozin elaborated, saying that Russia has all the essential resources to conduct the experiments by itself.
Rogozin said Roscosmos will create satellites in line with the interests of both Roscosmos and the Russian Defense Ministry, giving its satellites a “dual purpose,” given the “conditions that our country is in now.”