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Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station: How Should America Respond?

The International Space Station. Soon to be off-limits to the United States? Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Oh, no. Russia is mad at us again.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has vowed to punish the U.S. for imposing sanctions over his nation's invasion of Crimea. After being included on the list of targets for sanctions, Rogozin released rapid-fire statements last month in which he:

  • objected to the Pentagon using Russian equipment to launch U.S. military satellites
  • promised to block the sale of Russian RD-180 rocket engines to U.S. space launch company United Launch Alliance (ULA)
  • threatened to terminate "cooperation" with the United States on the International Space Station -- presumably by denying U.S. astronauts rides to the ISS aboard Russian rockets
  • mocked America's too-early termination of its space shuttle program, quipping: "I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline."

So I guess you could say that relations between the United States and Russia are not particularly strong right now. And with the U.S. lacking a single operating spacecraft certified for manned spaceflight, this poses something of a problem.

But fear not. The U.S. Air Force is searching for a solution.

An end to outsourcing national security
Commenting on the impasse, Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning said it's time for the U.S. to "explore ways to mitigate our reliance on the RD-180." (That's the Russian engine that ULA partners Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT  ) use to power the core stage of their Atlas V rocket.) Responding to Rogozin's threats, the Pentagon set up a committee under retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Howard Mitchell to recommend options to deal with the RD-180 issue. It quickly came up with the obvious one.

We need a new rocket engine.

One made in the U.S. of A.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel agrees. In recent testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Hagel said, "I don't think there's any question" but that the U.S. needs to begin building its own heavy rocket engines.

Why? Because the Pentagon says our dwindling supply of RD-180 rocket engines means that in just 22 months, space launches will become "not supportable."

How to fix the problem
So how will we ensure America's continued access to space? Fanning believes developing an alternate engine via a "public-private partnership" between the Air Force and private industry may be the way to go. The good news is that several American companies -- publicly traded entities that you can invest in -- are already hard at work developing alternatives to the RD-180.

The better news is that you really only need to know three of them.

Photo: ATK.

Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK  )
Space-tech specialist Alliant builds the solid-fuel rocket boosters that help lift America's rockets into space. Alliant's boosters were used on the space shuttles, and have been chosen to power NASA's shuttle replacement, the "space launch system," or SLS. Alliant was also chosen as one of a handful of companies working on ways to improve the affordability, reliability, and performance of our boosters, for use on the SLS as a new "advanced booster."

NASA expects the improved design to generate "more thrust than any existing U.S. liquid- or solid-fueled boosters," enabling the launch of up to 143-ton payloads aboard the SLS. The space agency plans to execute the first SLS test flight as early as 2017, sending an unmanned spacecraft into lunar orbit.

Orbital's Antares. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Orbital Sciences (NYSE: OA  )
In 2010, NASA named Orbital as one of several space tech companies permitted to compete for development work on a new heavy-lift rocket engine to power the SLS. The company's biggest rocket engine today is the Antares, used to lift Cygnus unmanned spacecraft to the ISS on resupply missions. Antares is only capable of lifting payloads of 5,000 kilograms, however. That's barely a quarter of what's needed to get even an Atlas V launcher into low-earth orbit.

Orbital is due to merge with Alliant later this year, combining two strong players in space tech into one -- and potentially accelerating the rocket development efforts of each.

Testing the cutting-edge JX-2 engine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

GenCorp (NYSE: AJRD  )
Arguably the company to beat in this race, rocket tech shop GenCorp has assembled a rocket-science powerhouse by combining its own Aerojet operation with what used to be United Technologies' Rocketdyne. The new Aerojet Rocketdyne manufactures the RS-25 rocket engine, which powered space shuttles for 30 years. In fact, GenCorp now owns an entire family of proven, half-built, and still-being-worked-out rocket engines, from the RS-25 to the RL-10 to the new RL-60 and J-2X (designed to power the upper stage of SLS launches).

It's also possible (GenCorp did not respond to a request for comment) that GenCorp could build the RD-180 itself. According to some media reports, United Technologies purchased engineering design plans to build the RD-180 from the engine's maker, Russian engineering company Energomash. If those plans, and the rights to build the engine, passed from United Tech to GenCorp when it acquired Rocketdyne, then GenCorp could be in a position to begin manufacturing RD-180s on its own, should Russia follow through on threats to embargo future RD-180 sales.

Foolish final thought
Or not. Domestic manufacture of RD-180s may be a pipe dream. But even if it is, one thing's for sure: Russia's threat to cut off our RD-180 supply has upset the comfortable apple cart upon which ULA was lounging. Now there's a mad scramble of competing companies offering competing ideas for how to regain U.S. space launch independence.

Innovation has been unleashed, and going forward prices will fall, and dependence on Russia will vanish.

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  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:26 PM, DMH wrote:

    I knew we should never have trusted the Russians when it came to the space station

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:33 PM, peterwolf wrote:

    How should we respond to Russia?? Simple. The way we always do: Apologize and offer to accelerate our unilateral military disarmament. I mean we do need to show 'more flexibility' towards them, just as Obama promised.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:33 PM, JJ82 wrote:

    Russia has no authority over the ISP to ban anyone.

    They believe for some reason that America cannot send people to space ourselves because they don't realize that it was just far cheaper to let them send people up than for us to do it on our own.

    Something we did while allowing commercial companies to build up their abilities and now with Space X, we can send people up even cheaper than paying Russia.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:34 PM, SJK wrote:

    We, actually some Government/Congress people decided to decimate NASA, and this is the result. I had a relative work on the software to run the station and EVERY thing that came from Russia had to be redone. Use OUR money to employ Americans and regain our status.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:36 PM, richfsr wrote:

    Since the majority of the space station is using American technology I suggest we shut it down. Let them live in their little contribution. And don't sell them any replacement parts either.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:38 PM, MikePC wrote:

    When last American is getting ready to leave the space station, plug up the toilet! That will show them!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:39 PM, sunsale wrote:

    Heres a idea. Lets put the politicians that came up with this plan to outsource our space capabilities to the Russians in prison for treason.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:40 PM, GIBSONRS wrote:

    Now might be a good time for the Air Force to drag out that Space Plane that's been making mysterious sonic booms over LA.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:44 PM, Sojourner wrote:


  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:46 PM, warpig6558 wrote:

    Just a thought here...the shuttle can still fly "safely" we just retired it. It wouldn't be the first thing we've brought out of mothballs.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:50 PM, Albert0Knox wrote:

    SpacX? Why no mention? The Falcon 9 has proven reliable and the Dragon capsule, designed for manned use, has made several trips to space and the ISS and each one re-entered sucessfully. Certification flights for manned flight will start later this year. SpacX also has a heavy lift varient of the Falcon 9. Sure, SpaceX doesn't have the lobbying power or article buying connections of ULA or United Technologies, but thay are legit.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:51 PM, Pbutter1 wrote:

    Is anyone really surprised, my question would be, why in the hell has our government gotten us into this situation. Of all the people in the world, why would they purchase from a country that we already know would blast us off the map if they could. The people in Washington DC tell how everyday that they are smart and deserve much more than $170,000.00 a year and the best benefits money can buy. This actually shows me how stupid our leaders really are, we absolutely need to get rid of them immediately, somehow, someway, they have made us vulnerable to our enemies and I am one unhappy American.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:52 PM, Grubnut wrote:

    Why doesn't the article even mention SpaceX, which has already launched successful missions to the ISS. In fact, SpaceX has sued the feds for their use of Russia as a sole source for rockets and the refusal to permit competitive bidding. SpaceX recently displayed its new manned capsule, that will seat 7 astronauts as well as carry payload.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:53 PM, KageMcGuire wrote:

    Contracting any military, communications, surveillance and the such to foreign countries is not a government being run by minds concerned about their country. These types of decisions can only be made purely on economic terms (greed and ambition) and not on national military and economic concerns. Hopefully this will be a wake up call to bring these services home. Build them here, hire workers here contract with companies here. We all win and our national interests will be better protected.

    My 2 cents.

    Good day!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:53 PM, mark204 wrote:

    They need to get the Dragon V2 on a fast track to be used in case the Russians do this.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:55 PM, jaymack47 wrote:

    how much lower can this country sink

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:55 PM, countryspirit69 wrote:

    Didn't we have a perfectly great and reliable rocket engine back in the 60's? I believe it powered the Saturn 5 and produced enormous amounts of thrust and took us to the moon. why in the heck don't we just dust off the plans for that one and start making it again, I mean it did power the largest rocket ever flown and was very reliable and was built right here in the USA


  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:56 PM, Dangren wrote:

    It was stated elsewhere roughly a month ago that the Russians can not ban our usage of the space station yet, here you are keeping some uneducated b.s. going on.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:58 PM, Dangren wrote:

    All the Russians can do is prevent our using their rocket to get there!!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:59 PM, weworkforamerica wrote:

    Simple. Abandon manned space flight. The cost/benefit between manned and unmanned spce exploration proves that unmanned is far, FAR better. Consider that the moon mission only got to stick a flag on the moon and bring back a few worthless rocks. Unmanned has given us the stunning images from Hubbel, the Solar Observatory, Cassini, Mars Rover even Voyager was wildly successful. America does not have the money to spendip growing fungus in space.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:59 PM, coledave2000 wrote:

    It just shows the failure of good management. The rapid development of the VASIMIR engine must of great urgency now. Stop dragging your feet NASA and work toward rapid self sufficiency and tell the politicians to keep their stupid inputs to themselves.

    Remind them that Engineers don't tell them how to screw up the congressional activities, they do a good job themselves. NASA engineers know what they are doing. listen to them and you wont be faced with this situation ever again.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 12:59 PM, DISGUSTED2014 wrote:

    Vote for a complete change in Washington!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:00 PM, Tysan wrote:

    This article is total BS. It is called the International Spacestation for a reason. It took funding from a number of countries to make the ISS a reality in the first place. It does not belong to one country nor does it belong to Russia, it belongs to the entire international space community. A single country does not and cannot have a say on who can and can't go there. This article is BS because Russia did not say America is banned from the ISS, they said America is banned from going to the ISS by means of Russian made rockets. Jeez, people will make up things just for the sake of a story won't they.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:00 PM, Archbluff wrote:

    We were one a blue ribbon nation. Now were just looking at the trophy case and looking at all the trophies are rusted , and faded. To much graft in our country, bad frustrated employees with old ideas and equipment.....

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:02 PM, AnthonyAmerica wrote:

    Free trade ( or as I call it, destroying America's way of life for greed )

    1) Cap on Trade

    2) Surcharge on all incoming products

    3) Remove super packs from buying elections

    4) When Elected all politicians can not receive any other income while in office, and can not lobby for anything for 4 years.

    5) Elected officials are the servants of the people, a human made of flesh and blood, not an entity. Example; Corporations

    6) We The People, must be the format on all laws.

    7) Politicians must serve 20 years as do our service men in the military to receive a pension

    I can give 100's more rules to place this sham of a government in it's proper order.

    No special rules for them or the 1%.

    If you want to sell here; BUILD HERE!!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:03 PM, kenlichtig wrote:

    Renew the U.S Space Program with vim and vigor. This will increase tens of thousands of good paying jobs in the Military and Civilian Sectors.

    Will the Socialist Democrat Naysayers along with the Head Cheerleader Barack approve increase NASA's budget?

    2014 Midterm Elections. Adios Leftist Democrat and House members.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:05 PM, Donc wrote:

    America must respond by buying more Trampoline made in China.

    We will always win for sure.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:06 PM, wdcraftr1 wrote:

    Don't worry, for Ob will see to it that those Companies are taxed, or burdened so hard that they cannot stay in business long enough to create a new engine. That would go against his Destroy the Infidel philosophy..

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:08 PM, planca3430 wrote:

    uh didn't we put a lot of the station together with the shuttle? and our astronauts? and other country's? or am I mistaken? and our parts and they want to ban us from going there I think not. they can just stay on there side and we stay on our side if they want to be that way fine with me. but ban us from going there lol to hell with

    that idea.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:11 PM, TMFDitty wrote:

    In re: all the observations that Russia cannot legally ban US use of the ISS: You are correct.

    That said, there's no law that says they cannot *say* they will keep the US off the space station -- and they have.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:12 PM, sdtom182 wrote:

    My brother in law (an MIT grad) was an engineer at SpaceX from the earliest days when Elon knew everyone and it was a 50 person company. While he was working there he told me that some insiders close to Elon and Mueller knew that both Elon and Mueller ripped the Merlin's rocket engine design from somebody else. He wouldn't tell me who at the time but said only a select group of people at SpaceX even knew about this. My brother in law worked there up until 2 years ago when he wanted to move back to the Northeast.

    I'm a little skeptical that Elon and Mueller stole the designs from someone given people would have heard about it already. Then again SpaceX had practically no publicity and little public eyes watching up until mid 2012. Definitely interesting to me.

    My brother in law said he was glad he had gotten his foot in the door at SpaceX during the early days because it changed so much in the last 3 years. He says now there are a lot of inexperienced mid 20 year old given a managerial title and producing a lot of drama from lack of experience and desire to be the next Elon. Supposedly there is a lot of favoritism inside that company on promotions and drama and clashes between engineers wanting recoginition. Regardless their technological advancements have been something fascinating.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:13 PM, TMFDitty wrote:

    And in re: questions about SpaceX, yes, they're another company to watch. But this column was specifically on the subject of "publicly traded entities that you can invest in."

    Privately-held SpaceX isn't that.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:18 PM, btc909 wrote:

    The ISS is an orbiting money pit. Does anyone even use it anymore?

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:18 PM, Bradknowsall wrote:


    Dear Rich Smith, This was a great article... except that you totally discounted SpaceX. Elon Musk might have a little to say about getting people to and from the ISS. His new Dragon capsule is supposed to be ready by 2016.


    Russia is not in a position to dictate who get access to the ISS. NASA has already answer this threat by making clear that the ISS is an international effort and that no one partner has the ability to deny access to the station.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:19 PM, sjc1964 wrote:

    Didn't we build the Space Station, I could have sworn, we did and it belong to us. I don't remember the US giving it away or selling it or maybe, they did and just didn't run by the tax payers who paid for it and didn't care about, what we have to say about it, once again. I mean we pay for everything, I think we should have a say so in what happens, with anything. Next thing you know, they will give the rest of the country away and someone will be telling us we have to move, get out. What our we doing anymore?????

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:21 PM, kdavis860 wrote:

    Didn't Elon Musk just sue for the right to have SpaceX considered as an alternative supplier in lieu of Russian engines? Unless I'm missing some details, he just won, as Russian refused to sell those engines now.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:21 PM, mark636 wrote:

    Clinton gave us 9/11 and Obama has set the ground work for WWIII with Russia and China.

    Liberal reality. Get used to it

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:26 PM, irishd wrote:

    Since people in Washington act like crybabies when they don't get their way. The idiots got rid of the space program and is turning our military power into nothing, heck a troop of girl scouts could take them out. Lets just let the world have the ISS and let them pay for it too. The amount we spend on it would go far into helping our debts. Or let the president go up there until he figures out a way to pay our debt and get himself down.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:26 PM, Corwin wrote:

    Half of you are just stupid, the media is twisting this around. we are not banned from the the ISO, we just cant buy their rocket engines anymore so now we dont have any way to get up there.

    "threatened to terminate "cooperation" with the United States on the International Space Station -- presumably by denying U.S. astronauts rides to the ISS aboard Russian rockets"

    they threatened US cooperation on the ISO, they're not banning us. they are just not selling us rocket anymore, could also be cause the USD is practically worth the same as monopoly money to other countrys. i live in america, if i was russia i wouldnt accept the US dollar unless i needed to wipe my ass

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:29 PM, dennisc wrote:

    Why is everyone hopping all over the Russians,afterall this think in Ukraine wasn't started by Putin in the first place but I won't get into that now.We are talking sanctions everyday as if we run the world.The Russians have cooperated with us on many issues until the orchestrated Democratically elected Government was overthrown because the decided to do business with Russia.If I were them I would do the same thing.It is time that America takes care of their own space program but we haven't because we can't afford it.Didn't Obama cut spending for NASA? So Putin says you sanction us because of a coup then stay off our space ships.I don't have a problem with that at all.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:30 PM, charli0217 wrote:

    I saw this one coming as soon as Russia invaded the Ukraine, It will be interesting to see what, if anything, Obama does. But the man is such a wimp that he'll probably just stand there and blame this whole mess on Bush or on racism. Obama is one sorry excuse for a President, a politician, a man, and a human being.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:30 PM, Swordedge wrote:

    Elon Musk can get our astronauts there. Let this push us that direction.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:36 PM, Continental81 wrote:

    I am A Col. With The Continental Army. My Rank Should Be Sufficient For Now. I'll Go Up There Myself. HAHAHAHAHA

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:42 PM, redmanrt wrote:

    Human space travel is a dead end anyway, too expensive. Soon we will be sending only robots and cyborgs.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:42 PM, Carlucci wrote:

    All of this has come about due to the inability of Obama to be President of the USA. He has no idea what to do about anything!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:45 PM, fozbot wrote:

    Oh no!! What will Howard do now?

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:45 PM, 1984macman wrote:

    The easiest and fastest way to get an American man-rated spacecraft to the ISS is via SpaceX's new Dragon V2:

    You all need to get with the times!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:50 PM, bobthumb wrote:

    The ISS was supposed to be scrapped in 2016, moved ahead to 2020. It's going to be dumped in the ocean so why all the fuss.

    Waste of money building rockets for 3 year use.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:54 PM, ed7016cr wrote:

    Should the Russians play hardball, we should do whatever it takes to terminate the station - crash it into the Pacific. It's not scheduled to be operational beyond 2020 anyway - do it sooner

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:58 PM, rw93003 wrote:

    It's good they did. It shows why we need our own, fully-funded and fully-capable space program. NASAs budget as a percent of federal expenditures is now the lowest since the first full year after it was formed when it was just getting up to speed and 10 times less than it's peak share of funding.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 1:59 PM, rw93003 wrote:

    What about the "reset button?"

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:00 PM, eyeball2452 wrote:

    Did someone really write an entire article on this without mentioning Tesla? The article also is discussing a problem that's 6 years down the road. Not a whole lot more relevant than the US token sanctions so far.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:00 PM, DoubtingThomas1 wrote:

    if only the powers that be who have so cleverly concealed the secret whereabouts of the vessel found from the area 51 incident could figure out how it works---wham bam-thank you mam

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:17 PM, jfelano wrote:

    They cannot ban us from our own space station lol. It's called Motley FOOL for a reason folks.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:19 PM, sgraham005 wrote:

    We should ban Russian vodka and those dolls that fit inside each other

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:20 PM, Rocket1987 wrote:

    Elon Musk has a company called SpaceX., which has been launching satellites into space for the US Military, it was on 60 Minutes.

    Elon Musk also owns Tesla, the electric car company in California, the guy is a genius, and he said he can add a capsule to his rockets to deploy astronauts into space, so Russia can go fly a kit!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:20 PM, sgraham005 wrote:

    jfelano It's not our space station we killed our space program you fool

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:22 PM, genosound wrote:

    first point. what is going on with the fool articles. I really enjoyed them on public radio years ago and they sounded very trustworthy guys.

    If the point is timely good investment opportunities this is old news.

    second as many have pointed out how come no mention of musk maybe even virgin? really incomplete info for investing and no figures.

    As far as the outrageous washington people, and I mean it makes me outraged. we have steadily be outsourcing military and civilian products.

    Try to repair military hardware and itss got stuff from every country. really china and russia as a sole supplier? these are and have always been for 65 years our adversaries above or under board and at least economically at war. bad enough with the nominal allies like the french supplying stuff always throwing wrenches in the international relations works. who knows what chips etc could be imbedded.

    the article is hyperbole as far as ban but it is effectively true no ride equals ban who cares what legally it says sure putin doesnt.

    just sad for america we killed programs of nasa that contributed to everything we have in the modern world.

    I look forward to our kim jung ill supplied rockets and Iran supplied aircraft carrier.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:25 PM, ScamuelJones wrote:

    President Obumma bin Lying purposely 'Killed" the space shuttle program, and he is the sole person responsible for the U. S. being "in this hole." Thank you Obumma bin Lying, you worthless moron!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:26 PM, Jim85035 wrote:

    it's time for the U.S. to "explore ways to mitigate our reliance on the RD-180." ? How did we get into this position in the first place. This shows how week the United States has become!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:31 PM, genosound wrote:

    oh and I must add. the space program has been continuously cut since 69 in real and inflationary terms so stop with the obama stuff, just list every republican and democrat president since Nixon and you got it correct. oh and in reagan era our parts where starting to be outsourced already cant say what happened before but thats what I actually saw then in the late 80s it just accelerated.

    point is all these politicians allowing/pushing bureaucrats to do this are responsible, be they demo or repub.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:35 PM, tatianarussia wrote:

    Americans is such Americans! Such "noble" indignation. And instead of thanking for made, we have the statement "We will make all by themselves! Without Russians! " And whom it excites? Do! It was necessary to do this from the very beginning.

    "We should ban Russian vodka and those dolls that fit inside each other "

    This is called matryoshka. :)

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:46 PM, Case2014 wrote:

    I've got an idea, why don't we just shoot a missile at the space station n blow it out of the sky.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:46 PM, genosound wrote:

    Ha ha nice tartar? not best english but better then my russian, all my matryoshka dolls will be made in Georgia ;)

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:49 PM, JBaldwin wrote:

    What's so amazing is the 1930s obsolete technology that we're still using to get into space. That may have been fine in the sixties to get to the moon. What I can't understand is why would the Air Force and NASA put their funds in outdated technology that contribute to space junk in lower earth orbit and pollute our earth environment as well ? Seems to me it would make more sense to invest in our colleges and universities to develop the talent already there so as to come up with new ways of getting off the earth and out to the other planets and on to the stars. That's where we should be investing our resources , wealth and talent. It's from there that we will find how to get at the unlimited energy needed for space exploration and to fuel industry here on earth.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 2:50 PM, LaryB wrote:

    I was never in favor in scraping NASA and their spaceflight mission and I am in favor of building new rocket engines. But, lets be honest there really isn't anything such thing as a "public-private partnership." The public always gets the bill.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:01 PM, palerider wrote:

    If you're under 50 you probably fail to appreciate the terrible damage to US civilization that a conflict going nuclear could do. The problems wouldn't be just loss of life, it's destruction of the ability to do things, to make things, even to feed ourselves in this time of mostly non-local food production. Importing would be out of the question for two reasons---destroyed ports and our ability to buy on credit shot to hades.

    Why is Russia acting as it is? Because recent US policy has been aimed at squeezing Russia. Stirring up trouble in Syria is no doubt a US covert action aimed at blocking Russia from making a port deal with the Syrian govt. The uproar in Ukraine seems mostly set off by trying to get Ukraine to break ties with Russia and align with Europe for trade, etc.

    We're dealing with people who are very poor by US standards, have their backs to the wall and don't want to get screwed any more whatsoever. The belligerent hateful posts here reflect a level of arrogance and ignorance that could end up killing a lot of us and putting the rest back in the Stone Age.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:03 PM, Protondecay123 wrote:

    And my congratulations to George W. Bush's vision for Space exploration. He's genius! Wikipedia - It was formally scheduled for mandatory retirement in 2010 in accord with the directives President George W. Bush issued on January 14, 2004 in his Vision for Space Exploration

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:03 PM, Ash103 wrote:

    I say, let them have the space station. It's about time NASA went ahead and built a base on the moon.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:08 PM, msorrentino wrote:

    SpaceX = problem solved

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:09 PM, capitan wrote:

    Those politicians in Wshington that ended the shuttle without a replacement ready.. DO they have a brain?

    This november let s send them home

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:13 PM, G1032 wrote:

    I see so many on here who have identified the real issue, Washington, yet we continue to elect the same old get rich people! It would take one election where voting every current member out would solve the problem.

    Instead of lounging around Washington trying to think up ways to pass laws dictating what Americans should & shouldn't do, they might then turn to thinking up, "What can I do my the Country and not what the Country can do for me!"

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:14 PM, bartley41 wrote:

    I guess we will have to stop spending money with them.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:19 PM, lokepa wrote:

    If this becomes reality with Putin in charge the ISS will, in time, become merely more space junk.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:36 PM, PolishSire77 wrote:

    Firzt of all, the american goverment has supported Nazi parties, if not the k.k.k., there is an immobilizer in York County, Alfred, Maine that kills people before or after a trial. I witnessed the plates that electricuted a guy and when the med team was called the guard said he had a seizure.

    So I wouldn't our Federal Goverment supporting pro nazi's in the Ukraine with corporation presidents that go beyond the presidence to be elected for life as a president. I scored in the top % in science in 7th grade in the nation and the 2nd top % in reading comprehention

    Our medical science is learnt by the U.S. of A's Gustopo leaders. Sure take starving people and put them thru medical experiments. Our medical science is based on making people obese to solve most psychiatric conditions. To deal with Nazi America when they made me sleep on steel with aquarter filled with water in the immobilizer room. If you act up they'll kill you, sometimes.

    So the sanctionz on Russia is souly based on profit and our United S.A. is so shady they'll resort to Nazism for a profit & a buck.

    I'm Kooky Kool Keith, M knowz more he's working not to let on.

    Signing out,


  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:37 PM, VincentPaul wrote:

    OMG depending on a foreign country any foreign country to ferry astronauts to the ISS and sell boosters to us shame. What were you Bozos in DC thinking ? Let's spend more billions on useless or overpriced weapons systems that will never be used or maybe not work as promised. The total cost of the useless unneeded F-35 program would fund NASA at 50 billion a yr for 30 years. Do you realize what NASA could do and the benefits from technology spinoffs 50 billion/yr could produce ? Thanks so much US congress. Unbelievable !

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:41 PM, iakonawayne wrote:

    SpaceX not mentioned, weird.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:45 PM, SLTom992 wrote:

    Liberals who have grown up on "Star Trek the 800th Generation" will cry. They believe in colonizing Mars and exceeding the speed of light and flying to all of those habitable suns that haven't been found.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:46 PM, MrXMrP wrote:

    Orbital Sciences Antares is in worse shape than the Atlas V. It too depends on a russian engine that is no longer in production. A new engine is going to cost $1B and all these companies want to do things with OPM. We will have to wait for Elon to come to the rescue.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 3:59 PM, otherworldtrader wrote:

    The USA needs to understand several things.

    1-sanctions work both ways.

    Most people living in the area (Ukraine Crimea) are in fact Russian and always have been.

    2- The Uraine does not have the power or clout to withstand Russian and a war with Russia would be fultile at its best for them.

    3-tin is now doing just what his people elected him for, and Obama is doing just what his Islamic masters ask of him.

    4- The USA does not have the support of Europe they once had due to so many blunders by American interests in both presidential, business, and military administrators.

    5-Obama only has the support of about 15% of the working class, and attempting to flood the voter polls with illegals will backfire on him and his party as well as the republicans.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:01 PM, shakenama wrote:

    This situation is very familiar of 2010: Odyssesy Two where a joint Soviet/American crew was aboard the space station and political conflicts on Earth was creating some stressful situations for the astronaut/cosmonaut teams.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:08 PM, AllenElliott wrote:

    Does any part of the space station belong to the US?

    If so we can ban Russia also, such idiocy. but that is what comes from nations without unconditional love.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:14 PM, AllenElliott wrote:

    Does the International Space Station have any parts made in the US. If so then they can't ban us from it or we can ban them from it. such idiocy. All because there is no unconditional love in either country

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:16 PM, plottman33 wrote:

    How you American respond? In the most cowardly fashion possible, but hopefully without releasing terrorist generals. It is our way now.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:16 PM, cmoreride wrote:

    "How Should America Respond?"

    Firstly what's with the article title?

    Russia can't ban the US from the International Space Station. Period

    It's within their right to deny access to means they control.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:23 PM, Ameer wrote:

    IT is real sad that today, US the greatest and richest nation on earth, depending on out adversaries for space technology.

    This is due to unforgivably bad foreign policies for the past 40 years.

    We spent almost 2 trillion dollars in 2 wars of Irag and Afghanistan Who never harmed us just to please israel. And nobody tried for that. Bush still is a free man and walking free.

    We lost friendship of Arabs for israel which could have been our best friend to get cheap oil.

    We used to pay $2. per barrel today we pay almost $100 per barrel because of israel.

    And we lost superiority in military and technology because we spend total out attentions to israel

    In order to get our greatness back, we must let israel go and do their own things and no longer our business

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:26 PM, foolsrushin2014 wrote:

    And this is what happens when companies as well as the US Government when you outsource things and not making it in the U.S.A.

    Sorry but we deserve it for not making things ourselves.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:37 PM, dl wrote:

    the U.S of A has allot of secret weapons..Putin biggest mistake is to under estimate the US of A. Putins a Fool...

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:53 PM, Fs322 wrote:

    Ameer: "US the greatest and richest nation n earth"

    Can you elaborate on that?

    US is 14th in income, 18th in quality of life(health care, living standards, violence, income), we are one of the least free countries in Western world, NSA is spying on our own phone calls and emails, police brutality is bigger here than in any other country in WEst, we are the most in debt country on earth, our economy is slipping away.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:53 PM, jaz32 wrote:

    why only now USA build their own rocket engine, USA is mislead by communist, we should stop trusting communist country like china USA SENDING factory to china to make cheap product, USA help build up china military weapons, and now china is little hard on us or in international law....we must stop doing business with communist.....

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:54 PM, Stelios22 wrote:

    I am all in favor of US advances in space--of any advances in space. But it seems they only come when the cold war flares. It is too bad that we cannot devote the same energy to our programs when others want to work with us. Because space should not be a battlefield, but a place that unifies humanity.

    As for Ragozin, he's a fool. He could've shown statesmanship, and he chose to be petty. He's hurting his own country, and in the long term everyone.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:55 PM, RHO1953 wrote:

    Barry could just sign an executive order nullifying their order. That should do it. BTW, Russia didn't ban us from the station, they don't have the authority, they just told us they wouldn't ferry us up anymore. Hopefully they won't make our astronauts walk home, Barry wouldn't have a clue as to where to start with that one.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 4:57 PM, SanPasqual wrote:

    The US President brought this upon the nation. His likely solution will be to send one scavenging flight to detach and removal all US-sourced components from the station, and to place an immediate ban on the import of Russian-source vodka and caviar.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 5:02 PM, BayAreaBill wrote:

    If this forces the USA to drop all supoort for the International Space Station boondoggle, then they're doing us all a favor. The ISS is opsolete and dangerous and it's sole value to the USA is pro-NASA propaganda and neat videos for school kids.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 5:10 PM, Gooyoung wrote:

    All you people that are saying the Russkies want to ban us from the ISS go back and read the article again. They never said they would ban us from the ISS, they said: "Threatened to terminate "cooperation" with the United States on the International Space Station -- presumably by denying U.S. astronauts rides to the ISS aboard Russian rockets" It is an INTERNATIONAL space station not a Russian Space station. They can not ban anyone from using it, they can just stop people from using a Russian Taxi Service to get there.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 5:28 PM, smilingdon wrote:

    Gee what a surprise. We worked hard to get a poke in the eye. We can't complain after the poke.

    I sincerely hope business and politicians have learned a lesson that will stay with them.

    One made in the U.S. of A

    A novel idea!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 5:39 PM, bones2509 wrote:

    So the new breed of commies has threatened to disallow our privileges on the ( international) space station which we pretty much paid to build. Little do the commies know that we have developed craft that don't need their stinking launches. Besides we will have been to mars and back. While Putin plays house on the space station.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 5:40 PM, Arms4Hugging wrote:


  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:00 PM, jfjake wrote:

    Where do these writers come from? Is it just to start something where nothing exists? Russia never said anything about 'banning' us from the space station. We have a contract with them, to launch our people up there, and that contract expires in 2020. They said that they don't want to continue the contract after that, and may want to leave the station. We will have more than one way of getting there by then, but no where, at any time, did the Russian government or it's space agency ever say anything about banning us from the station.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:07 PM, kennyhobo wrote:

    Well, Obama and Clinton got us to this point. Obama certainly isn't smart enough to handle the problem. Thus, the Senate and the House must impeach Obama as the first step. Biden may also need to be impeached because he is only a little smarter than Obama. Then what? The US is screwed. Put Obama in jail for the rest of his natural life. Abandon the space station and jam communications to it.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:09 PM, FBOSAZ2014 wrote:

    I would drop that space station like a Mallard Duck on opening day with my trusty ACME ISS Drone. Can't trust a Bolshevik any more than a US Senator or Congressman...if their lips are moving they're lying to you.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:16 PM, jschmitt wrote:

    When Obama decided to retire the shuttles I said then you can/t depend on anyone else to keep us in the space race. Trusting the Russians didn't work out. Now they have BANNED the US from the ISS. Lets get a Republican president with the BALLS to tell Putin to F+++k off.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:20 PM, hankbohi wrote:

    Why don't we do what other countries have done to us, just reverse engineer the Russian rocket which we have several of and use it. Why wouldn't this work, the Chinese, Japanese and Russians have done it to our products.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:24 PM, donniewood1975 wrote:

    Wow! Is Russia's Government through with their diaper baby tantrum??? Lets Just build what we need, and give the American's the jobs they deserved in the first place. I wish I knew how to build a rocket, I would end the diaper baby Tantrums!!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:31 PM, rawthunder wrote:

    Like duh... Pull our people out, ASAP. Restart our own program with emphasis on private space research and ventures to employ the currently high tech unemployed and to fuel technological advances like those of the 60s and 70s after Kennedy started our space program. As I said, like duh.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:31 PM, mikada wrote:

    Remember this old saying "Made in the USA" now that really rings home since the USA doesn't have the ability to make anything important anymore. We can do paperwork and McDonald's type stuff and that's about it. We aren't the greatest country anymore face we are a third world nation now with a

    nuclear bomb.

    The Russians didn't ban us from the space station they said they might refuse to give us rides to it. If I were them I would too.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:36 PM, kdarling2 wrote:

    Hmmm, We tell them that a dozen people can't come to America and eat at Denny's; and they tell us that we can't go to the space station. Didn't we build the space station?

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:49 PM, eeyaw88 wrote:

    Hey by the way China can do it at much cheaper price, go for it Barry!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 6:54 PM, HCB wrote:

    I worked with a Project Director from NASA when our people were killed coming back to earth. I asked him at that time if we would fly again. He said "Yes", however that program should have never allow to happen. It was congress and the senate who pushed it.

    I continued saying, this program is the second generation, right? He replied Yes. I said then they should have went with the 3rd generation. He replied NO there is to much trouble with the 3rd generation. I then made a motion with my hand like an airplane taking off from a runway, then pointed my hand straight up saying then they should have gone to the 4th generation. He got a big smile on his face and said, Now that one works really good.

    Plus, the large round full tank that is disposed of during each flight. They should have built it to attach together for the space station. We would have had a death star up there by now. Remember the first space station we sent up in the 70s. They filled it up with liquid fuel, once used up, our guys moved into it and everything worked excellent.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 7:25 PM, Streetyb12 wrote:

    Well we could start by being able to send our people into space without the help of another nation. We are America who won the space race and now we can't even field a ship. SAD! Shame on government for this. Then we could stop sending aid to Russia in the form of food and let them starve. Hey and here is another idea shoot the dang thing down! We probably paid for most of it anyway as well as placed most of in I to space when we had a space shuttle. No one else has built a space shuttle. It's a damn shame when the greatest country in the world can't even go to space without catching a freakin ride with a Russian.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 7:40 PM, carlcap1491 wrote:

    I guess it's time for us to stop hitching a ride from the Russians and put together our own space launching vehicle again. How about we start taking some of our latest rockets out of mothballs which are capable of launching a heavy payload into orbit with some astronauts on board. What's the problem? What are we waiting for? You say, we don't have the money for launching vehicles, I say bull crapers, we got the money!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 7:52 PM, w0014170 wrote:

    I drove by Johnson Space Center today, kind of overgrown, many tourist, few workers a new space shuttle and 747 filled the grounds.

    The country made a decision to leave the space exploration venue when the mission changed to Muslim Outreach in 2009. Unfortunately the federal budget is driven now by free cell phones, the Affordable (?) Care Act and a myriad of other entitlement programs that require instant gratification, and there is nothing instant about space exploration, Hollywood knows more about space travel and deep space exploration than NASA ever did.

    So until the inhabitant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is replaced with a science oriented administration instead of hocus pocus or fuzzy science you can forget about it and after the continual failed involvements of this administration into the affairs of others when our country is in chaos why blame the Russians? Place the blame squarely where it belongs, this administration and the inept individuals that can not see, speak or act on the truth as it is, we need to be exploring space and using the technology developed as a result,

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 7:54 PM, Lexloeb wrote:

    Simple immediate solution. Send up Robots with built in taszers.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 7:55 PM, carmeno wrote:

    Duh! The USA should have build a space station, like it said it was going to do since I was a young kid. I'm 67. It was even designed to hold quite a few people. So why do we have to depend on what some Americans see as an almost third world country to live in space? Oh, that's right, we waste money on other things so there is none left for a fancy, schmancy space station of our own. I started reading the comments and then I noticed most people commenting THINK it is OUR space station. Lets get real, the Russians get upset when "we" tell them what to do because "they" are sticking "their" noses in other countries business, while "we" stick our noses in "their" business by telling "them" what to do. What we need to do is build our own station, except we can't afford to.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 7:57 PM, linda1966 wrote:


  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:00 PM, CrazyDocAl wrote:

    Regan won the cold war by bankrupting the Soviet Union. Now it's Russia's and China's turn to do it to the US. The worst thing is that the EU is helping them. They are forcing the US to keep our extremely high military budget and now to spend like crazy on our space efforts.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:00 PM, linda1966 wrote:


  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:09 PM, tommy1954 wrote:

    oh no again,while Russia been cutting there losts and selling aircraft and carriers,west has developed other method of getting to iss and rockets to slow,to big,to loud,to much headache,to much+to much= out dated technology.yeah I know what your saying this guys so I see them in the day light,little V winged craft 10k in the atmosphere and docks at the iss in has little 32 minute after take off in top secret base in indian'll see them soon,might be one of these things that shot down Russian rocket about a month ago.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:09 PM, alantally wrote:

    Use the money we'll save to pay off the national debt. Why shoot 100'2 of billions of dollars into the sky with no real benefit?

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:19 PM, smilingdon wrote:

    Respond to it? We put ourselves in this position. We ought to hold those accountable who put us in this mess.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:31 PM, zimmj wrote:

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. We've outsourced many other things that should've been kept in the US for security reasons- steel and textiles to name two. I defy you to find an American-made pair of sneakers.(not that this is in the same category, but still annoying) It's time we reasserted our manufacturing prowess. The best way to encourage this is to buy American.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:33 PM, MoreInformed wrote:

    "Russia is our biggest geopolitical threat." ~ Gov. Romney - 2012 debates

    "The ’80s called, they want their foreign policy back." ~ Obama's response which got kudos from the media and all his dimwitted followers.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:37 PM, Hammerhead wrote:

    One response would be to stop trying to steal Russia's Black Sea naval base, which has been Russian since the United States were English colonies.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:41 PM, rowlandw123 wrote:

    Why the heck is the nation that landed men on the Moon hitching rides with the Russians??? How did this happen? When I hung on every news from NASA in the space race of the 1960s this situation would have been totally inconceivable.

    Instead of colonies on the Moon we got Facebook!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:43 PM, cdkeli wrote:

    Gosh maybe we ought to use our brains and figure out how to peaceably resolve this issue rather than reverting to the infantile Cold War mentality that so many here so pathetically cling like rats on a sinking ship.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 8:45 PM, Obamaisabadjoke wrote:

    Obama has disgraced our country! If Reagan, Bush Sr, Clinton or Bush Jr. were president Putin would have NEVER entered Crimea. There is one single reason why Putin had the courage to invade Crimea and that reason is an extremely weak US president. And, I'm sure that after Obama responds to this he and our nation will look even more weak and stupid!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 9:25 PM, Cerberus82 wrote:

    All these years of outsourcing every industry is finally catching up to them. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 9:29 PM, kendellmd wrote:

    If I understand correctly the Chinese now have their own space station and the Russians and Chinese are getting along very well. The "president" of the USofA, on the other hand, continues to get his ass handed to him by the president of Russia (including those alleged "sanctions" against Russia which are turning out to be a disaster for the USofA). Conclusion, the control of space is swiftly falling into the hands of the east while the west wallows in debt and demise. Looks like the CIA's killing of President Kennedy was America's first and greatest mistake . . .

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 9:32 PM, QuickDraw53 wrote:

    this is what we get for putting obama into office. he wanted to be buddies with russia, so he lets russia take over ways to get there and obama took down that missile shield they was going to put up to protect those countries. so now we have no space station even though we paid for it and no putin is taking over countries as he sees fit and obama just keeps putting up red lines that putin will break. thanks a lot obama. if we can't use the space station then get our people back and then blow in out of the sky

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 9:36 PM, nbfresno wrote:

    This is all part of an overall scene to Russianize the world. Please look up and read about the izbortsky club- When I read the izbortsky Clubs goals, the idea of a growing Russian Empire is pretty obviously stated...and quite scary. All of those smaller Eastern European countries seem to be shaking in their boots, from what I read. Plus the izbortsky Club seems decidedly anti-western and anti friendly to the west.

    - What I wonder about, though, is if Obama is familiar the issues with Russian aggression dating back so many years, why did it seem like he was buddying up with the Russians for a while. During the last debates when he scoffed at Romney's comment about Russia being our greatest geopolitical enemy, while the izbortsky Club, was already established. Surely, Obama was advised by those watching, of its goals, as they have spoken at publicized events.....and I read that members of the think tank serve as advisors to Putin. ie: That Russia can only survive if it develops its own very un western Czarist like Empire with no ties to the west at all. Look it up!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 9:44 PM, thejmurphy wrote:

    you cant do anything... we ditched our space program, russia didnt. we put bans on russia, russia put bans on us... were not banned from the space station.. were banned from riding russian rockets there. is anyone suprised?? its like breaking up with your girlfriend in a bad way, then a week later asking her to borrow some money

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 9:44 PM, DonMeaker wrote:

    Years ago TRW designed, built and tested a high power rocket, designed not just for performance but also for low cost.

    Northrop Grumman purchased the aerospace part of TRW. They should be added to your sort list of people who could quickly provide an alternative launch capability.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 9:47 PM, DonMeaker wrote:

    Crimea has been Ukrainian since 1954. The Russians were permitted to rent the naval base. Guess noone will want to make that kind of deal with the Russians in the future.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:02 PM, daverhall wrote:

    We should get back to doing the way it was done before with NASA and said contractors. They were already well trained to do this work properly. Morton-Thiokol had some problems doing their part but we should not have changed to the new private approach. Obama was very wrong on that decision. Quit out sourcing work and jobs to other countries, we need to be more self sufficient; and that includes China. No more outsourcing, period.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:03 PM, rav55 wrote:

    The dependence by the United States upon the the former Soviet Union to provide for it's security is outrageous.

    We should remove the monopoly the former Soviet Union has on access to the Space Station and assert our sovereign rights regarding the International Space Station.

    Putin intends to sieze the Space Station.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:06 PM, rav55 wrote:

    Putin is going to do to the Space Station exactly what he did with Robert Krafts New England Patriots Super Bowl Owners ring.

    He's going to put it in his pocket and walk away.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:12 PM, mfcommentor wrote:

    Just convince the current leadership that a viable space program will increase their political power and

    voila! Instant funding.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:13 PM, Alericc wrote:

    Well we should fly up there and simply use the space station.......oh wait, NASA in their infinite wisdom decided to mothball the ONLY space vehicle we had to take astronauts into space. It seems to me that the Directors of NASA need to answer to the American people about why they thought it was a good idea to make us this impotent and instead spend their time pushing things like Global Warming and making friends with Muslim Countries like some sort of UN ambassadors.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:35 PM, jdb114 wrote:

    Can we just blow it up? Stop wasting our hard-earned taxpayer's money on flights of fancy.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:36 PM, BaltimoreBullet wrote:

    WTG Putin, stick it to those liberals who are destroying our freedoms and liberties day after day!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:49 PM, captj wrote:

    Well don't wait for obama and his band of jokers to come up with a game plan. Most likely obama is thrilled about being banned, because Russia can jump ahead of the U.S. in the space program.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:50 PM, sdchanman wrote:

    There's too many men, too many people

    Making too many problems

    And not much love to go round

    Can't you see this is a land of confusion?

    "Land Of Confusion" is track #5 on the album Invisible Touch. It was written by Rutherford, Michael/collins, Phil/banks, Tony.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:56 PM, guidelc wrote:

    Who are the "fools"?

    read the article! It's a misleading BS article as most of Motley Fools are. The headline says Banned, the story says THREATENED to ban. That's just politicians talking .The threat was Hyperbolic BS, but as usual, MF tries to twist it to buy more subscribers and you idiots all took the bait and made your childish comments without understanding what the article actually said. Remedial Reading Comprehension 101 for all of you and shame on the shameless Motley Fool for successfully baiting another bunch of internet Trolls.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 10:59 PM, guidelc wrote:

    Oh, and by the way, Trolls, Obama didn't change NASA's program, the Republican House of Representatives cut the funding that paid for it.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 11:02 PM, rsixftunder wrote:

    How should America respond? By getting rid of the absolutely worst president in all of history, that keeps pulling Putin's chain. Obama is a weakass crap packer, and needs to be impeached and shamed all the way to prison. 'THAT will get the world to start respecting us again. The entire world wants to see us show some self respect again. We lost all that when this idiot was elected, twice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 11:37 PM, quasimodo007 wrote:

    good let the EVIL russian have it

    The US should remember and WAKE UP that EVIL czar putin/SATAN has had always a Very DEEP Deep HARTED for the USA Ever since the FAll of EVIL Corrupt ussr.

    It's .time the USA start working with China. in the space Program.

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 11:42 PM, kendunipace wrote:

    So is the description "presumably by denying U.S. astronauts rides " in the text something like "Russia Bans U.S. From International Space Station" in the Headline?

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 11:52 PM, Kosso wrote:

    One made in the U.S. of A

    Made in America ...How should America respond?...Made in America ... By Building a New one , that's Totally Made In USA , we have a-lot better technology, much better work force , Keeping our technology Private and stop all corporations from selling there Technology for Money . This is the only way we will stay Free ... Need to stop buying , China and Russian goods . Set us Free ... Russians will trade or sell it to China after we have built them .. This has been going on since after Nixon Area or before ... not nothing new Hear in America ...Its Time Republican and Democrats House of Representatives and all Politicians stop being close minded and look ahead before its to late ... Especially the People in this Country including my self , who buys for en products ...

  • Report this Comment On June 07, 2014, at 11:55 PM, invaderfm wrote:

    Seems according to the report that the companies that are going to rescue us are also the same companies that helped design "the faulty space shuttle", sounds like alot of politics to me... Its a good article though... many engineers and astronauts said this was going to happen if we abandoned the shuttle. "Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and "Buzz Aldrin" just to name a few. If you take the time to read the real reports of the shuttle accidents, there is no mention of system failures or "design flaws" with the system. The fault laid with the new NASA itself, a thick system of techno politics "yetch" that embraced "name brands" as a qualified science. I hope this political party comes to an end and real qualifications take hold once again...

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:05 AM, ac1065001 wrote:

    Listen to this article! We should let them get away it and build out own heavy lift rockets with Industry footing most the bill? Huh? What happened to America? How did we get to the point this little ego maniac in Russia can kick us around?

    Guess it's time for Obama to apologize with another bow and maybe Mr. Putin will let our people ride on the ISS again. We certainly have no power left internationally. America has no more respect than Uganda.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:20 AM, SomersetSmile wrote:

    I wonder if they considered boosting one of our rockets with a spring pad. If launch pad can spring upward at lift-off the rocket would not need to carry the initial fuel. Or possibly use a balloon rig to provide the initial boost.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:44 AM, Mcbeese wrote:

    Hellloooo? SpaceX? Does Rich Smith not follow news in this space? SpaceX is suing the government for no-bidding a contract to Boeing-Lockheed that depends on the Russian rockets. SpaceX has a solution for military satellites for 1/4 the cost. I guess Boeing/Lockheed pay higher kickbacks to our corrupt military supply machine.

    Rich Smith needs to go away and do his homework and rewrite this article. It's terrible journalism as it is.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:52 AM, moreyfrank wrote:

    Just agree that land based politics has no sway over astronomical research. Why compromise research that is universally beneficial for a political moment?

    Neither the US nor Russian space programs are near their once domestic, unilateral prominence

    Multinational cooperation of engineering, nutritional,social, physical and pyschological scientists will be needed to progress in this endeavor.

    I do not advocate the hostile acquisition of sister states, however if there is a symbiotic and /or historical reason to rejoin common cultures politically (or for that matter, to dissolve recognized states of ethnic & politically diverse into independently economically viable states of self-rule. I see no issue as long as the key is self-rule.

    Ultimately we need to need to determine how we are going to be citizens of the earth, before we can assert citizenship amongst the stars.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:00 AM, yyzrd wrote:

    I AM TOO (Tired Of Obama)

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:12 AM, Theinsultedelf wrote:

    What a terribly worded title for the article. Seems to be par for the course anymore. Are there no real journalist that actually know how to write left? They all seem to write like they work for the National Inquirer with their yellow journalism style. Sensational title that has no truth or is twisted 180 degrees from the actual content of the article.

    The simple fact is Russia can't ban the US from the International space station. They can only refuse to launch US satellites and personnel into orbit. Which is their right.

    It's the US's governments fault that we no longer have a space program and are dependent on others like Russia that might get offended at US sabre rattling to provide service.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:14 AM, bluedalek wrote:

    America has no action about this. We let a street pimp defund NASA.Too busy watching Hussein 0bama release muslim terrorists for Army deserters.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:17 AM, rallynova wrote:

    That easy,

    US astronauts should put on there spacesuits, Open air lock to space, and then they will be in control of the space station.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:26 AM, PLOPPO wrote:

    This is NOTHING but a worn out news article intended to stir up hatred. This article appeared at least a month ago. IT IS NOT NEW NEWS. The working agreement between the Russian space agency and NASA, is valid until 2020, if not extended beforehand. The current United States government conduct is anti-common man and needs a major revision, consistent with the U.S. constitution outlines.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 2:55 AM, chrisc4 wrote:

    A lot of our taxes paid for it and we can take it away too!!!!. Give the Russia 30 days to get everyone off and then just say good bye to it Boom all gone!!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:48 AM, jfjake wrote:

    All but a few of you are complete idiots, incapable of looking into something for yourselves, believing anything that some writer made up. No one is banned from the station. No one has that authority. Russia just chose not to extend our contract with them after 2020. Some of you get told otherwise and are ready to start WW3. You are all so incredibly naive. Try getting your news from somewhere other than Fox, who only want to try and make Obama look bad.The Russians went beyond the original deal, going to 2020, but they want to spend their money in other places.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 6:54 AM, ernaldo wrote:

    So what did our nitwit leaders think would happen.....Sorry, using the word "think" probably wasn't fair....

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 7:35 AM, Paulson545 wrote:

    Why do we still spend billions sending people into space ? What a waste of money...

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 8:03 AM, stakebed wrote:

    Any body that thinks the US military does not have the ability to service their satellites in space is a fool, they just landed their remotely operated shuttle type aircraft a few months age and it can be fitted with a manned module with docking ring in its cargo bay just like the old shuttle did... Russia best keep their attitude in check. Remote cargo is also up and running and can carry a manned module to the station. Russia is just a taxi driver.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 9:13 AM, Jack1967 wrote:

    What else could be expected when only Russia has the keys to the rockets?

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 9:34 AM, theglawe wrote:

    Just another in the long list of the Obama legacy. Fast and Furious, Benhgazi, IRS, V.A., and on and on and on. Thank you Democrats.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 11:12 AM, srd19 wrote:

    I just hope they dont start ww3, as it seems to me the worlds technologies both nuclear and in relation to germ warfare have grown to the point of its evolution that using such most likely would destroy everyone on the planet. Makes no sense to me really. Least in the old days a war was nothing more then groups of many men with rifles. And if they wanted to fight it was then no real overall danger to the rest of the world or its people. I just cant agree that ww3 now days is the answer to anything given its global dangers to all life on the planet.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 12:07 PM, ThePresidebt wrote:

    "We already explored space. Let's try something new." -- President Obongo

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:54 PM, iwrote1 wrote:

    I was afraid something like this would happen once we elected the court jester to run the kingdom. I was there and heard all the promises he made at the Kennedy Space Center about how the space program would be fine... but as soon as he was elected he said, ooops, change of plans. we'll get my communist friends from Russia to give us a ride... and now look where we are.

    so what happens if we decide we are going to return to space and the communists who aren't in our Whitehouse, decided to blow up our launch vehicle during liftoff? if they used a laser from space (we're already using them on our aircraft so the technology is there), and blew us up as we were leaving the pad, our government wouldn't likely admit it to us or we would expect them to strike back, and I doubt they would go to war over it. so most likely we'd hear that it was an o-ring, or gasket malfunction or whatever. we should never trust our enemies or Frenemies with our future in space... just like we shouldn't trust our politicians if they're lips are moving.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 1:56 PM, spoon787 wrote:

    To all the OBAMA trolls here, i am no fan of him. however no matter what he does it is wrong to the far Right. Do a little research before spewing your vitriol. as long as those too far to the left or right are in charge. nothing will change

    The Space Shuttle program was extended several times beyond its originally envisioned 15-year life span because of the delays in building the United States space station in low Earth orbit — a project which eventually evolved into the International Space Station. It was formally scheduled for mandatory retirement in 2010 in accord with the directives President George W. Bush issued on January 14, 2004 in his Vision for Space Exploration.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 4:26 PM, mikiheart wrote:

    This is too funny. I thought it was an "International" space station. Well, I'm sure what goes with us is a whole bunch of $s. It will be interesting to see what the "International" community will do. They will either stay with Russia or leave with the US. OMG who will finance it. I think we should fly the bird and continue building "star wars".

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 4:27 PM, mikiheart wrote:

    I am so impressed by how many "traitors" expose themselves in these postings. Seems they would hide. People that don't stand behind their leader are doomed to fall.

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 4:42 PM, az1940za wrote:

    Sorry, but Apple has shot themselves on the foot over the RD-180 restricting provisioning of new developmets charges and authorisation only from the ISS project budget..on Mars... If alternate financing was allowed, like from the Jupiter related financing there wood be no problem is not the Russians but Apple themselves...#AppleStore

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 4:44 PM, az1940za wrote:

    We prefer this type of brainstorming, being more private and secure instead of commenting on public fora like FaceBook

  • Report this Comment On June 08, 2014, at 7:50 PM, FactChecker2 wrote:

    Russia may be surprised at how fast U.S. industries can fill the vacuum. One goal of our agreement with them was to keep them involved in space research after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Their loss is our gain.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 12:08 AM, Hoodoo wrote:

    No problem. There are Trebuchet plans on the internet.

    "Give me a Fulcrum and I will move the earth"

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 12:29 AM, cwindom953 wrote:

    what a ridiculous headline. Russia bans US from space station.... come on, there is a huge difference in Russia refusing to take American scientists up there and "banning" the US from the space station. ...I find it hard to believe that the shuttle program would have ended if we did not have some other means of getting up there.....

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 1:54 AM, vitaliy17 wrote:

    Russian cosmonaughts already complained for Americans not letting them use their toilets aboard ISS prior to Crisis in Ukraine - again how would Americans get back to earth after a failure -Soyuz off limits?! Nice going there America segregate the toilets in space just like Space Civil Liberties March... Lets show the entire planet that kaka happening here in earth is a real kaka that can be flung in space too... Something our kids should really appreciate for the world America is creating even in space. GREAT JOB MORONS!

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 8:17 AM, tomculler wrote:

    Send Obama up there to negotiate . . . he's SO good at that!

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 9:59 AM, az1940za wrote:

    Tried today to redirect my iPod to the GR Apple Store to which i have created an account.....but the ipod wants the Belgian Apple Store. ...and found no way of redirecting this... I don't know if it is at all possible....

    If a new plarform will be required, this is financially demanding right now....Maybe later.... I keep it in mind. ...:-)

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 1:12 PM, mattfool1 wrote:

    Is is obvious that US - Russian relation will

    only become worse and worse probably with

    Russia trying to create its own economic zone

    like during the Soviet Union but with the framework

    of local capitalism with probably China and India on invitation. After 1945 all was clear and bright: evil communism within concrete walls of the Warsaw Pact and Soviet Union and good NATO and America. Not anymore

    while Russia stepped back into its capitalistic

    past born in Tzar Russia of capitalism with

    gold Russian ruble some 4.30 g of gold for 5

    or 30 dollars current per one if neglecting

    historical pressing value and gold painted

    steam locomotives of Russian railways.

    Russian being now slightly twice the nuclear

    Mexico in economy and GDP per capita will never accept US domination of the world economy as the most proud nation of the world probably

    even more proud than the Americans.

    It is really funny and unrealistic to assume that Russians

    with lower economy would align in American

    deportation camps begging for any job

    at the poultry farms when Mexicans work

    while all is from soil, soil twice bigger than the

    United States.

    With the hate of Russians showing even

    in Polish press making open public harassment

    of Russian poor-American lifestyle and originated from the hate of Soviets in the neighboring Poland, the current NATO member this may be

    more and more enhanced.

    What protects the world and the US from Russia

    is its weakness since the communist economy

    of Soviet Union could not be of any

    competition to the Western Europe and

    the US economies and the Russian only

    move to destroy the world would be to

    use the all nuclear weapons at once. But

    this would kill biosphere and Russia

    "the day after".

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 3:05 PM, Swan007 wrote:

    This is what happens when you don't have your own. F _ _ _ RUSSIA & Communist Hitler Putin United States will build our own Space Station.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 3:08 PM, Swan007 wrote:

    This is what happens when you depend on other countries for something, they can Back Stab you in a minute, U.S.A. should not have to depend on NO COUNTRY for a DAMN thing, even the oil, we have the Technology to get around all that Bull-S _ _ _ if we just use it to good use.

  • Report this Comment On June 09, 2014, at 3:09 PM, Swan007 wrote:

    RUSSIA, Keep your DAMN Space Station, United States will build our own.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 1:17 PM, invaderfm wrote:

    The space Shuttle is not just an orbiting vehicle, its a very large multi purpose space ship. Its designed to be refitted a number of ways, so it may perform a multitude of tasks. It seems many people only know what they have been told about the shuttle and believe it. Also the space station is Our space station, so its kinda difficult to build our own, again. Others have been given tech data and permission to help build the system... Please do no misinform some people with unsubstantiated loose statements, they will actually grow to believe it. Try to be informed, after all that's how a democracy is supposed to work...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 7:38 PM, ChristianZ wrote:

    Gentlemen, there is actually NO REAL ISSUE.

    Rich ?

    please check with facts next time. thank you.

    Rogozin personally is not in the position to make any decisions RE space cooperation with NASA and/or ISS. He's just very loud that's all. Think of McCain or Cheney. Grabbing attention? yes. Official Dept of State position ? probably, never again.

    Russian Space Agency did not give any indication that his personal opinion is relevant to the project. As of right now, they appear to be relatively rational/reasonable. So is NASA. So is ESA.

    Good to see that there are values beyond politics, such as actually doing something useful and advancing humankind.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2014, at 11:20 AM, vikingorca wrote:

    If the MIR Space Station descended back to earths inner atmosphere in 2005, and today it is 2014, how many year later did the ISS begin operation, and what altitude did it begin. That can give you an idea of how the system operates as far as safety amongst the crew members on board the ISS. If the ISS and MIR began operation at the same altitude, then their life span is about the same. However the launch date of the ISS may have been a decade or more later.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2014, at 11:35 AM, Nodemocrats wrote:

    Stupid Americans with a stupid president if all times . Degrading nation ! And who is it to blame for your stupidity ? Russians of course and Putin . Empty people with empty heads.

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