The head of NASA Jim Bridenstine said Tuesday that he still expects support from the Russian space Corporation in the lunar program of the United States, despite the fact that the head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, criticized her, writes Reuters.
Earlier, the head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, said that the US lunar program is "more of a political project", aimed at creating a kind of NATO in space, in which Washington will play a leading role.
The head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin appreciated the joke of the head of SpaceX Elon musk on the trampoline.
Since 2011, American astronauts flying to the ISS on the Russian spacecraft "Soyuz" in agreement with "Roscosmos". After the imposition of sanctions against the Russian space industry, Rogozin suggested that the United States to send their astronauts to the International space station using a trampoline. The Mask company successfully launched a reusable spacecraft Crew Dragon, then the owner joked that "a trampoline works."
Elon Musk, head of the American space company SpaceX carried out the test on Saturday manned launch vehicle Dragon Crew, responded to the words of the head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin about the delivery of astronauts to the ISS using the trampoline.
Crew Dragon was launched on a carrier rocket Falcon 9 from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral on Saturday at 22.22 GMT. The ship should reach the ISS in 19 hours, and then to make docking with the station in automatic mode. For the US launch Crew Dragon became the first manned launch after the completion of the program "space Shuttle" in 2011. The last 9 years American astronauts were sent into orbit on Russian "the Unions" for a fee. In 2014 in response to American sanctions against the Russian space industry, the head of the Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who was then Deputy Prime Minister, suggested that the United States deliver its astronauts to the ISS using the trampoline.
The crew of a test flight Crew Dragon called his ship the Endeavor, said at a briefing after the launch the head of NASA Jim Breidenstein.
"I want to tell that the crew named their ship the Endeavor (an ambitious endeavor, aspiration)," he said Breidenstein.
The head of NASA Jim Breidenstein said an hour before the start, the weather is perfect for launch of the Falcon 9 rocket with the astronauts.
"The weather is perfect for launch!" - posted by Breidenstein on Twitter.
Roskosmos has received from NASA a Memorandum of participation in the creation of an international lunar station Gateway, but have not yet decided on the format of its participation in the project, told RIA Novosti press-service of the Corporation.
"After the formation of a consolidated position on participation in the program, the Federal space Agency will be ready to begin detailed consultation with NASA," added the Corporation.