Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Putin leverages his space-travel monopoly
Alert reader David sent this in: "On Monday, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) announced plans to move survival training for all Soyuz passengers to a Russian naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea."
Vlad Putin brilliantly played his monopoly on space travel card. If nations with space programs want to access the ISS, their astronauts must pass splash-down survival school run by the Russians since only they are currently transporting people to the space station.
Sending astronauts to the Crimea for training amounts to de-facto acceptance of Russian "annexation" of Crimea from the Ukraine. If countries like the US, Canada, Japan, Germany, etc want to go to space, we have to go through the Russians to get there.
I guess we're just lucky to have Putin to give us a ride to space since Obama made it NASA's primary mission to make Muslims feel better about their imaginary contributions to science, technology, or pretty much anything that improves western civilization.