Is Russia Preventing the U.S. From Traveling To the International Space Station? America's Latest Proposal


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

Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it's an International Space Station. But if Russia gets its way, it's going to be off-limits to the United States soon.

For weeks now, there have been rumblings about Russia wanting to ban the United States from using the ISS while the two countries wrangled over Ukraine. While that would probably violate international law, it may be feasible from a practical perspective. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin argued that "the Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one cannot."

Since the United States terminated its space shuttle program, we've depended on Russian rockets to carry U.S. astronauts to the ISS. NASA has a contract to continue these flights through 2016 -- at $70 million a pop. After that, Russia would be within its rights to deny U.S. astronauts seats on Soyuz rockets. If America wants to send astronauts up after the contract expires, joked Rogozin: "I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline."

It never just rains, it pours (even in space)
An even more immediate problem facing America is Russia's threat to cut off access to the RD-180 rocket engines that the United Launch Alliance (the joint venture between Boeing (NYSE: BA  ) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT  ) ) uses in its Atlas V rockets. These are the big beasts that carry U.S. military satellites into space. They're critical to national security. But we've only got enough RD-180s stockpiled to keep ULA supplied for about another 22 months.

This ULA Atlas V rocket is powerful -- but it won't travel far without an engine. Photo: NASA.

What's to be done?
Just two weeks ago, we told you about U.S. Air Force plans to set up a public-private partnership to develop a new rocket engine capable of replacing the RD-180. In an uncharacteristic exhibition of rapid problem-tackling, ULA is already rushing to get the project under way.

On Monday, ULA confirmed that it has signed contracts with "multiple" American rocket companies to begin working up "next-generation liquid oxygen/hydrocarbon first stage propulsion concepts" that could replace the RD-180 (the RD-180 uses liquid oxygen and kerosene as its fuel sources).

Working at a breakneck pace, ULA said it expects to select a new design before the end of this year. Then, pushing the envelope on the usual five- to eight-year timeline usually needed to develop such engines, ULA said it will have a new rocket ready to fly by 2019. (In the meantime, ULA will try to string Russia's Energomash along, negotiating to keep the RD-180s coming until they're no longer needed.)

What does it mean to investors?
It's hard to overestimate how important this news is to investors. Development of a new rocket engine, and probably a new launch vehicle to carry it, could bring the ULA contract's winner billions of dollars in development work alone -- followed by more billions in revenue as dozens of the new engines are put to work in years to come.

While ULA has not yet revealed the names of the companies that it has signed contracts with, the likely contenders remain Alliant Techsystems (NYSE: ATK  ) and Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB  ) -- soon to team up in a new entity to be known as Orbital ATK -- and also GenCorp (NYSE: GY  ) , which is now home to the rocket science juggernaut Aerojet Rocketdyne.

Of the two, I believe GenCorp must be considered the front-runner. The company has already invested $300 million in developing a new liquid oxygen/kerosene rocket engine called the AR-1, that when finished could lift rockets as big as what Russia's RD-180 lifts. What's more, GenCorp says it is only four years away from completing the engine -- giving it perhaps a one-year head start over its rivals, and raising the possibility that ULA could get this work done by 2018.

As an added bonus, GenCorp says that a pair of its AR-1 engines could cost as little as $25 million total -- or even as little as $20 million -- making them cheaper than the Russian rocket engine they'd replace.

Your Foolish takeaway
Cheaper rockets, delivered ahead of schedule, and not dependent on a hostile foreign government to supply them? That sounds like a winning combination for GenCorp.

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AR-1 isn't the only iron GenCorp has in the fire. Check out this photo of its work on the new J-2X. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.


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  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:21 AM, JJ82 wrote:

    Russia is arrogant. They actually believe we don't have the ability to send our people into space? Do they think we "lost" that tech?

    All this is going to do is remind America that we can and NEED to do more for ourselves.

    As for their trying to block our access to the ISS, they cant do that to us just like we cant do that to them.

    What are they going to do, keep the doors locked and not let our people inside? All power and oxygen can be cut off from panels on the outside...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:21 AM, JJ82 wrote:

    Russia is arrogant. They actually believe we don't have the ability to send our people into space? Do they think we "lost" that tech?

    All this is going to do is remind America that we can and NEED to do more for ourselves.

    As for their trying to block our access to the ISS, they cant do that to us just like we cant do that to them.

    What are they going to do, keep the doors locked and not let our people inside? All power and oxygen can be cut off from panels on the outside...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:29 AM, Netmanxps wrote:

    If I said it once I'll say it again. Cheaper or not. They should have kept one Shuttle active in case of an emergency. We have American's up there and the US built that space station. Deactivating the Shuttles before something else was ready just never made a lot of sense to me. Not a lot of planning went into this. But the US does have some very brilliant designers and engineers. We'll get it done. Just more money will be thrown into it and that is funny because they felt doing away with the Shuttles would save money. Now that's funny right there.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:34 AM, zzimpilotz wrote:

    this is the price you pay for out sourcing fool democrats penny wise and pound foolish but that is the way of the democrats to throw Americans out of work and send our jobs over seas

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:40 AM, zz71 wrote:

    The fact that the entire world seems to hate the United States, tells me that our government and our world traveling population must be doing something very wrong when dealing with others. EVERYONE doesn't just dislike us, they hate us. I find it hard to understand why we "US" continue to support the rest of the planet.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:41 AM, rikalto wrote:

    Really..Ban the US from the ISS. Only thing they could do is what they are doing now. Refuse to sell the RD-180's to the US. Only reason the US was using the RD-180's was because it was cheaper to buy them then to build them ourselves (out-sourcing bites the US in the @ss again). Now under the pressure of needing a new source, we can make them for less, imagine that, Make our own and then we don't require to ride from the Russians. Stop funding the ISS and see how long it takes to be a piece of space junk.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:51 AM, Kits wrote:

    What about Space X ?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:57 AM, Donc wrote:

    America strikes back with Trampoline.

    How long should we see American arrogance?

    Their con politicians

    Their greedy elite

    Their ignorance and arrogance

    And Now VP Joe's son got the major gas deal in Ukraine and still pimping Joe as "Prophet" in American media.

    With this trend, I see no light in educating American public who still believe they are the number 1.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:05 PM, panfisher2708 wrote:

    In the military we always had redundant systems. back ups. I would not be a bit surprised if we had an extra space shuttle parked some where in case some thing like this happened. Our whole foreign affairs system is screwed by the loser democrats policies. Putin is and expert at cloak and danger statesmanship games and our Chicago Gangster leader is now trying to fence with Putin. The pres is now in a dangerous game and it is not sloppy gulf. I do not think that is bringing together 80 IQ people to vote for him is going to do it with the Russians.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:10 PM, Andygo wrote:

    The truth is that the RD-180 was superior to any equivalent rocket engine used by the USA when in 2000 the decision was made to use it. The Russians achieved what US rocket engineers had failed to build: a reliable high thrust staged -combustion cycle rocket engine. The USA SpaceX Raptor may have a similar reliable engine performance in five years and probably will be based upon many of the engineering lessons learned from the RD-180.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_orbital_rocket_en...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staged_combustion_cycle_(rocket...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:10 PM, panfisher2708 wrote:

    Get a credit card out go on a cruise in a foreign country and act like almighty god. Put the service people down. It all comes back to us all as arrogant americans. I guess the Chinese service people in the hotels would just as soon not see the pres and his antourage

    .

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:10 PM, kthor wrote:

    so is Russia the new #1? lol

    "America strikes back with Trampoline.

    How long should we see American arrogance?

    Their con politicians

    Their greedy elite

    Their ignorance and arrogance

    And Now VP Joe's son got the major gas deal in Ukraine and still pimping Joe as "Prophet" in American media.

    With this trend, I see no light in educating American public who still believe they are the number 1."

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:12 PM, chelbelle64 wrote:

    I dont know why they dont build a new space shuttle. In the long run it would be less expensive, since its reusable.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:14 PM, globeflyer wrote:

    Wow, who saw that coming?????? I've seen naivety before, but this has to rank in the top echelon.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:15 PM, panfisher2708 wrote:

    After the first Sputnic was launced the USA had to play catch up and it was solid fuel rocket technology that we already had that was advanced. Russia has a large amount of kerosene at their disposal. The german scientist that they captured has the basics drawn out for the engines used in the V1 and V2 rocket that the Nazis bombarded London with. they also had the technology used for the jet engines used in their buss bombs.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:16 PM, JamesABG wrote:

    JJ82, the arrogance is yours. All those NASA engineers are long gone, all that NASA infrastructure gone, so yes we did "lose" that tech. On a different note, ULA's rush is not because of the Russians, its because of SpaceX. A little research by reporter and commenters would go a long way towards factual postings.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:17 PM, RLJoseph wrote:

    The idea, that we as a country, must rely on other countries for critical items such as rocket engines and main transformers for our electric grid, is a scary thought and a definite whole in our defenses. These items and others, critical to our infrastructure, must be built here.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:19 PM, Ronalsowd1 wrote:

    I have never been so embarrassed about being an American, How could they ever thought of relying on Russia, They new the Shuttle was coming to an end and yet they never had a back up, Next to Jimmy Carter, Obama is the weakest and most embarrassing President I ever knew. We were always the leader never the follower even Europe and the middle East have some concerns about us. I hope the next President pulls us up by the boot straps and get us going in the right direction

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:23 PM, rja444 wrote:

    Just think how far along we would be if we had not cancelled our space program. The only thing socialism does is put us squarely behind the 8 ball. We need to get back in the space program and be a strong independent influence like we were under Kennedy. We need a president with vision toward the future not looking backwards.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:29 PM, Obuttbrain wrote:

    Why is it exactly that we are using old Russian technology like the RD-180 ?? Even though the RD-180 is old school oxy/fuel technology WE have nothing to compete with it.

    Because the US has fallen WAY behind in development of space technology !!!

    Obama has personally killed many Nasa projects.

    Now we are caught with our pants down so to speak.

    Good job !!!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:33 PM, j1rose wrote:

    Why can't we just build a few more old tech boosters- it should take 24 months .. ?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:34 PM, downwiththeun wrote:

    Two separate dictatorships really never work together well anyway. And in the end each will fail or fall short of what really could have been accomplished.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:35 PM, Gunkd wrote:

    I will tell you a little secret people doesnt know... The reason we dont have a back up plan after the shuttles is cause Nasa is broke... we got no money for this anymore thanks to Bush and Obama.....

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:38 PM, exmilitary wrote:

    We should have never cancelled our space program to start with.You can't leave your fate in the hands of others and stop blaming the president .He didn't congress and do this stuff.For the most part congress tells the president what to do .The president doesn't make the laws and control the money although he does have veto power to some extent.Even that is limited .Congress can overrule that.Do we really want Russia and China to be in control in the skies above us?It's a nice thought of a unified world but I don't don't the world is there yet.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:40 PM, davek63 wrote:

    it is a shame, that politics have moved into science. if the scientists need the ISS, then they need it. for the russian government to deny us access to what we built based on the ukraine situation, is reprehensible. find some common ground, scientifically, to continue to use the ISS together. we have become a dependant nation and it needs to stop.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:45 PM, lIMEYONE wrote:

    Surely, nobody signed up to the ISS program can be barred by any other member? I'm glad we (the US) are now building suitable rocket motors to power our rockets. We should NEVER have abandoned the tried and trusted space shuttle, despites its earlier setbacks. Well, maybe in the future? ...... who knows?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:50 PM, republicant wrote:

    its a shame the previous administration decided we needed to spend trillions on wars instead of keeping america prosperous and safe. greed of the rich is killing off america, id also like to mention i am amused at the constant blame from the right about everything while they call everyone else blamers. that just makes me smile.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 12:58 PM, justavisitor wrote:

    I knew this was going to happen. Always happens when you start carpooling. That's why I drive to work buy myself. Come On America We Need Back Into The Space Race. That's what separated AMERICA from the World. Not riding bitch with the Russians.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:01 PM, exenron wrote:

    The part of this story which claims that Warren Buffet is fearful is ridiculous in its premise and its supporting data. Mr. Buffet is a multibillionaire in his eighties. IF he is concerned about anything it is how history will judge is capitalistic life. Any downside from any tech change will occur LONG after his death. And Berkshire is a leader in alternative fuels. He owns Burlington Northern railroad which began testing operation of locomotives on compressed natural gas in the eighties. The BN is a the largest user of diesel in America after the US Navy.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:01 PM, chesley wrote:

    Welcome to the transformation of America by Obama. NASA's main goal now is to make sure Muslims are given recognition for their contribution to the development of space exploration.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:01 PM, Doliver wrote:

    Why do we need a manned space program anyway? Skylab showed that this expensive science lab did not reap benefits worth it's cost. I'm not against space exploration and exploitation but it should be worth the cost.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:04 PM, GuitarJim wrote:

    @zz71, I don't know if you've travelled internationally lately, but the world doesn't hate Americans, at least outside of the Islamic world. In just about every country you'll find some people who are strongly opposed to US international policies, but few who hold that personally against individual Americans.

    Do you agree with China's policy of dumping products at below manufacturing costs on the US market for the sole purpose of putting US companies out of business? Would you hold that against an average Chinese tourist? No, of course not.

    I've done a fair amount of international travel, and I've been welcomed and treated better in most countries than I have been in the US. Most Americans are treated the same. The Americans who are hated are the arrogant idiots who look down on their foreign hosts and treat them like peasants. Most Americans don't behave that way.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:07 PM, josea70 wrote:

    Very misleading title, at the very least. Do your homework; Russia did NOT ban the US from the ISS. This shows you are misleading your readers about about spaceflight issues. Stick to financial issues.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:09 PM, Zonniwoop wrote:

    America should reinstate NASA and not only build our own rockets, but also partner with SpaceX and other 'private' companies to show up Russia. Why we never just built our OWN space station without the likes of Russia is still a mystery to me. I can understand fully working with our allies, like Canada, England and even maybe France and some others, but Russia is a joke as far as trust and partnership... Only China would be worse to work with. Let's let the Middle-East and other foreign lands deal with their own problems and reach for space ourselves... We could have a real starship by now if we stopped wasting our money on Iraq, Afghanistan and other sand-holes that will never help themselves! For over a hundred years those places have not been able to get their acts together, let them be alone and worry about ourselves... IF they build a nuclear bomb THEN we have a valid excuse to blow them up first from afar without sending in any troops... As harsh as it may be, it worked with regards to Japan... At least the Japanese have honor and a work ethic. all that the Middle East can do is brainwash its own people and denigrate women because they are so insecure with their own so-called manhoods.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:11 PM, reallyfoolish123 wrote:

    Ivan the Terrible has no Russian word for "International" or "Democratic" only Russian for selfish or self serving or slaughter or kill or such.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:13 PM, Robertbob wrote:

    In view of this disagreement, just wonder who will be the first to die in space and who will be at fault??? This is what happens when the President of the United States gives away things that the American taxpayers have made possible for the rest of the world.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:17 PM, pmj wrote:

    Don't blame this one on the Bush Administration!!

    Blame this one on the American people for allowing Obama destroy some of Americas greatest accomplishments.

    This embarrassing matter is just another example of Obama's failure as a leader. The way he dismissed and failed to fund NASA's goals for current and future space exploration.

    But we should be pleased right.... now that we have Obama-Care to take care of all of us.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:18 PM, pmj wrote:

    Don't blame this one on the Bush Administration!!

    Blame this one on the American people for allowing Obama destroy some of Americas greatest accomplishments.

    This embarrassing matter is just another example of Obama's failure as a leader. The way he dismissed and failed to fund NASA's goals for current and future space exploration.

    But we should be pleased right.... now that we have Obama-Care to take care of all of us.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:20 PM, hurleyinnh wrote:

    I hear people blaming Obama and demos for ending the space shuttle program, it was George W Bush that ended it.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:22 PM, OOOZZIE wrote:

    Put a lock on the International Space Station . America are FOOL's

    Russia is not a friend, Just a Bully in the world.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:22 PM, fooledusall wrote:

    I wonder how much CO2 NASA is going to put into the atmosphere, while they tell everyone else we are doomed?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:25 PM, copykon wrote:

    President Barack Obama canceled the Constellation program that would have returned humans to the Moon and called on NASA to instead focus on new, deep-space capabilities to carry people to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars by 2030.

    The shuttles were to be retired, that is common knowledge. Constellation was the designated human spaceflight successor.

    Neil Armstrong quote: US space program 'embarrassing'

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:26 PM, teabaggerkiller wrote:

    Another one of GWB's fiascos. It will take us centuries to clean up the messes Conservative White Collar Criminals have left us since Nixon.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:29 PM, jb8212 wrote:

    I see alot of arrogance coming from foreigners as well as our side, i truly think each sides leadership are morons and if people hate us, well then don't be surprised if the welcome mat isn't out for them as well, foreign travelers have become issue in areas as well, so don't think its just US citizens. Foolish people on ether side and its not worth arguing with some of the buffoons on commenting.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:37 PM, Grubnut wrote:

    Once again, MF ignores the company that is already successfully sending rockets to the ISS and has begun testing its manned capsule. SpaceX is far ahead of the companies mentioned. MF's continued effort to ignore SpaceX is apparently intentional and a disservice to its readers.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:38 PM, mmike wrote:

    Let the Russian"s have ISS! The thing is falling apart anyway and the infrastructure to maintain it is just too expensive for the science it provides.Spend the money on projects that will leap past that Edsel!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:44 PM, iu77iu wrote:

    The USA should bring our Astronauts home from the space station then cut off all financial and technical support to the space station. The Russians will then be up s h I t creek.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:47 PM, ARBE123 wrote:

    Don't think that they can actually do this, as America put half the components for the ISS up there.

    Without the U.S., the Russians would not have had a nice space station to use to spy on the U.S.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:49 PM, Gomida wrote:

    For thos who are saying US help the world, I would say- please check the fact. US never help any country in a good intention. There is always a hidden agenda weather it is food aid or financial aid. All the food aid you send to Africa is tainted with GMO and you are sending it to reduce the population of Africa and to spread disease. Please bring a factual source where US has helped a nation for a good intention.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:51 PM, blunsm wrote:

    Thank God the Russians are so stupid as to try and do this. They will soon see (again) what the U.S. is made of.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:52 PM, goofy690 wrote:

    Being a retired service member , we've had to spend money in order to keep our funding. I have spoken to many of my friends and they feel a lot like I do . There is no budget the president has to fallow nor the first lady for that matter, but if we "the people" could limit there frivillus go where I want spending , America would save millions. And on that note sence congress is actually in session for a few months out of the year , give them Blue callor wages and make them get a real job while not in session . The money saved by these two actions would save millions and could be put to use for R&D in the space program as well as other areas

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:53 PM, Strangeone wrote:

    to zzimpilotz: Republicans and their crazier friends in the Tea Party are the one advocating smaller government......these are massively expensive government programs you are talking about....it seems like whenever we try to find out what part of government they want to make smaller if it isn't a safety net program for the poorest and most needy, then they want to spend more! Hard to see how that goes with "Christian values". I am a lifelong Democrat and completely support more spending on space exploration.....just not at the expense of the poor and needy.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:53 PM, jsemar wrote:

    Fool-User name..trying to insinuate something here?? Harder for the family contractors to steal from rocket scientist is it? Who'd a thunk it, duhh. Did you really think this sitting congress, White House and, Supreme Court give's three squirts of mother's milk about their fellow Americans. Go to Church..find GOD He'll show mercy..the above mentioned won't! Crooks teaching crooks the crooked path to self indulgence..true anchors to sinking ships. Might have stopped them at one time but, that time has past. Who will proclaim a day of fasting,..who will confess their fathers sins,..who will repent with their whole heart and, return to the LORD GOD our righteousness? I know I'm not alone..are you?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 1:55 PM, kthor wrote:

    we don't need the space station, we have obamaCare to waste money on!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:01 PM, Liberalologist wrote:

    Good thing Obama included Islam for NASA. Maybe they have a flying magic carpet we can use

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:02 PM, rbeck wrote:

    Instead of spending billions on developing a new rocket engine, why not bring back the proven Rocketdyne F-1 rocket engine, still the most powerful rocket engine ever developed and flown. It got the Saturn V rockets into space, starting the Apollo spacecraft to the moon.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:07 PM, Carrot1530 wrote:

    Put scuttle charges on the parts of the ICC that the US occupies. In 2014 after our last astronauts are safely on the ground set them off, lets see how well the Russia side does then.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:08 PM, wowgoner wrote:

    Borrow more fro China to develop our own rocket engine! LOL!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:10 PM, tommy2X4 wrote:

    "AMERICA STRIKES BACK!"

    Sounds like a good movie blockbuster.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:17 PM, thetnrebel wrote:

    i do not understand, this country has been building rockets to blast sutff into space for over 50 years.. You are telling me they can not build a rocket today. DOes anyone else see a problem with this?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:19 PM, duroc1947 wrote:

    The people posting comments need to learn English and use a dictionary to learn how to

    spell.

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

    Hindsight being 20/20, a definite lack of clarity where future planning was in place. To allow ANOTHER NATION'S space program to hold such sway over U.S. interests was incredibly SHORT-SIGHTED. And very EMBARRASSING, to say the least. The last three Administrations are EQUALLY responsible for this "fine pickle" we now find ourselves in......

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:26 PM, pj3783 wrote:

    I have a great idea! We are looking for positive ways to shoot down or redirect incoming asteroids right? Lets use the Space Station as target practice!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:31 PM, alangwatkins wrote:

    Nature? Nurture? What makes the Russians so arrogant and provocative? Is it the Mongol hoards that invaded centuries ago and violently poisoned the gene pool, or a social fear of justice and an intolerance fomented by Stalin and his purges? How do you deal with someone so socially abhorrent?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:31 PM, nvslurker wrote:

    The only thing missing from this article is the explanation of how "America strikes back."

    That's because under Obama's brilliant mis-leadership, America CANNOT...strike back.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:34 PM, quasimodo007 wrote:

    Screw the EVIL russian .

    the US can join force with China who is alot like Americans .

    EVIL czar putin/SATAN has always had a Very DEEP DEEP Hatred for the USA ever since the Fall of corrupt EVIL ussr.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:43 PM, icarumba123 wrote:

    What a nonsensical, idiotic, sensational headline!! The Fool has gone the way of TMZ. Russia has NOT "banned" the US from the Space Station. One America-hating Russian lawmaker made a comment that in 2016 when our contract with Russia to ferry astronauts to the ISS runs out, they ought to let America use a trampoline to get there. The state of journalism today is beyond disgusting and pitiful. It's a dead craft.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:50 PM, maineman46 wrote:

    All you folks that are blaming Obama for the shuttles being retired better do some research! It was your buddy Bush in 2004 that pulled the plug!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:51 PM, icarumba123 wrote:

    Hmmm, I read the part where one anti-American Russian lawmaker made a comment about a trampoline, but I guess I missed the part about Russia actually "banning" America from the ISS. The Motley Fool=TMZ. Idiots.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:51 PM, landofthelost wrote:

    Proof, yet again, that outsourcing doesn't work. Let's bill the taxpayers (AS ALWAYS) to solve the problem.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:54 PM, phillipzx3 wrote:

    "this is the price you pay for out sourcing fool democrats penny wise and pound foolish but that is the way of the democrats to throw Americans out of work and send our jobs over seas"

    @zzimpilotz,

    Are you SURE you want to go there...blaming only the dems for short funding/defunding our manned space program (or sending jobs over seas for that matter)? Are you really, REALLY sure you want to go there?

    " Apr 01, 2005

    US President George W. Bush declared today that he had signed a rare Presidential Decree canceling any further expenditure of Federal funds on the US Space Shuttle program.

    "We cannot find any justification to continue the deficit funding of a program that has no application other that proving that with enough money America can do anything," said Bush."

    What the dems (Obama) DID do was cut the bloated and stupid "to the moon" Constellation program and redirected those funds to the ISS and PRIVATE industry launch companies....like the Russians and SpaceX.

    Of course now that Elon Musk is about ready to go forward with a manned program (after being very successful with unmanned trips to the ISS) all the sudden the GOP is getting their panties in a wad because the money is going to someone other than their "boys club" .....the ULA...made up of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.

    Put some sugar on it and your medicine will go down much easier. There's plenty of blame for both parties. Neither is innocent, so don't act as if it's all one sided.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:55 PM, Disatent842 wrote:

    Didn't we shoot a satellite down a few years back? Sounds like it's practice time again. Give them fair warning like maybe a day and then take a shot. Maybe we could just take a shot at our part and wish the Russians good luck. When our country keeps showing weakness others will test our resolve.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 2:56 PM, shadygray wrote:

    Does America want to go to space or not? U.S. needs to either commit or move on to other national interest. The shuttle program was way more expensive then promised for R&D and the launches. It also flew 15 years longer then planned, last flight was in 2011. The replacement Constellation program was never fully funded by Bush/Obama, and Obama cancelled it. The future looks to be Govt overwatch and Corporate launch. 20 to 30 years from now Russia will have an ISS but wont be part of the community reaching for Mars/Moon. Pick a mission, fund it, accomplish it. Build the Trampoline One rocket!! Political bashing accomplishes nothing...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:02 PM, redmanrt wrote:

    An encouraging sign. Our current "administration" has no monopoly on hot air.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:04 PM, Reliabledave wrote:

    We join our past enemies to find out they are still our enemy in reality. China steals our technology and Russia kicked us out of their space ship. History does repeat itself.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:07 PM, phillipzx3 wrote:

    "Just think how far along we would be if we had not cancelled our space program. The only thing socialism does is put us squarely behind the 8 ball. "

    @rja444,

    Guess what? NASA IS a "socialist program." Who do you think funds it? I'll help you out...the TAXPAYERS!

    Complain if you want, just don't act the idiot.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:08 PM, toomuchgas wrote:

    I don't know if Obama will let them use hydrocarbons to fuel the rocket. Must be sustainable and carbon neutral.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:14 PM, phillipzx3 wrote:

    " We should NEVER have abandoned the tried and trusted space shuttle."

    Ya...we "only" lost 14 people in the " tried and trusted " shuttle.

    There is no such thing as tried and trusted when it comes to launching humans on top of a bomb, or returning them to Earth via a fireball.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:16 PM, birchwood3 wrote:

    It is sad to see these developments, for in looking at History there seems to be a paradox.

    I'm an older person who was able to speak with veterans of WWII and they described the warmth of the Russian person when they actually delivered goods to their ports in Russia, or when they met them on the battlefield as allies. Of course Stalin ruined much for many people after WWII, even the Russian people. Then Communism continued for quite some time.

    There came a new day and ironically since Mr. Putin (reported to be a strong Christian) came into office; he has stated he would like all people of Russia to Worship "Our Creator" in their own manner. The Russian Government now sponsors events for Churches (places of Worship) in helping it people. Of course the Russian Orthodox Church is the largest; having lived through many tragedies of History (At one time, if you were a member. you would be put to death).

    Mr. Putin has stated Russia will always be a Democracy now. It seems he has kept his word.

    The point I am getting to is it seems since Mr. Putin and Mr. Medvedev have come into office, when Russia with the U.S. worked together, good things happened. Per this News Article, the Space Station is one example and the supplying of heavy rocket engines to the U.S. is another example. There are of course many more examples.

    Getting past the point....... It seems if respect is show to each other, all matters could be resolved. Sit down casually unbiased without an agenda and speak with each other openly (leave advisors out who may possibly have their own agenda). "All matters" including the "situation of the American Dollar" can be resolved! However as it states in the Bible, pride, ego, etc.can ruin anything............ There can be a Re-Set Button but it will have to be using/with people of humility and respect of others while silently being extremely strong. What did Presiident Theodore Roosevelt mention? Something to the effect of, "Speak softly but carry a big stick"....... Knowledgeable people in the U.S. and Russia are both aware of this statement.

    There can be bright sunshine but as long as dark clouds are allowed as the overcast, it is difficult to bring positiveness, anywhere. God Bless, Maas, etc. To All...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:18 PM, rodgerolsen wrote:

    There is no mention in the Russian media of any official decision to "bar the US from the space station". In fact, Russia has declared that it will, of course, meet all its obligations under the current contracts. However, they have learned from the Visa Card stoppage and other incidents that the US has absolutely no respect for contracts and treaties, and the speculation is that they will not sign additional agreements with such a dishonest and untrustworthy entity as the United States.

    If the US is going to continue to renig on all its agreements, it would be wise to develop its own capabilities as few countries will deal with it.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:28 PM, mrlago wrote:

    Space X is ahead of the curve here since they already have cheap rocket engines and they've been developing the dragon capsule. It should be ready to transport humans within the next couple years, well before 2019.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:35 PM, mrwuffe wrote:

    After Obama gets us dependent on Russian hardware , he's going to come up with the brilliant idea of guarding our boarders by purchasing Russian Millitary.... hey why not?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:42 PM, downix wrote:

    While yes, ATK and Gencorp are solid companies for development, a replacement for the RD-180 can be a lot quicker if an existing design were simply brought online.

    NASA has already put millions into restarting the F-1 engine, contracted to Dynetics. They have had a lot of success, test firing components last year. It could be brought online within a year if the money and effort were put into it.

    Alternatively, Gencorp already produces engines which could fill the role. People forget that the RD-180 replaced the MA-5A engine as part of an effort to shore up Russian aerospace companies rather than have those engineers sell their services to terrorist groups or rogue states. Gencorp still can produce the MA-5A, or even an upgraded MA-6 which is on the books. As the Atlas has already switched in one direction, switching back the other direction is not out of the question.

    To those who say that we should have kept the Shuttle flying, you do not understand the issue at hand here. The Shuttle can only stay in orbit for two weeks, but to operate the ISS you need a vehicle which can stay in orbit for 6+ months. But, do not fret, as the new Orion vehicle has its test launch in December. Without much effort, it could be used for ISS support starting next year, launched on the Delta IV (which uses US made engines rather than the Russian).

    As for the Russian portion of the station, the US has under contract access to several Almaz. These space station pieces were purchased by a UK company several years back, and if push came to shove, we could press them into service as a replacement for the Russians. Alternatively, we have several grounded ISS elements which could be outfitted, launched and attached to the station to replace the Russian elements.

    We can do the job, if we can get the political will. All of these options could be made ready in plenty of time. We just need the will to do it.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:46 PM, TxPublisher wrote:

    This is ridiculous. In the 60's, using mainly slide rules and legal pads we developed the rockets to send our people to the moon. The computers back then were very limited. The engineering was done mostly with the human brain. And the manufacturing was done by skilled human labor. Now, with modern technology and computerized manufacturing equipment it takes 5-8 years. We should be able to get it done in 2-3 at most if we make a serious effort. Now companies like to stretch things out to make long term jobs and profits.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:47 PM, billfoxxx wrote:

    This is not Russia's issue.

    This is another case of mass ignorance of the Bush Administration and the GOP house of representatives, severely cutting NASA's funding and the eliminating the Space Shuttle program without a replacement program under development. The most dangerous part of this is that many of the skilled technologists and engineers now work for other Space Programs like ESA, China, Japan and Russia and will be reluctant to come back to work for another NASA based program that can be defunded before the development is complete, it takes >25 years to develop a Space Shuttle program.

    Now it will end up costing far more because we are rapidly losing the know-how and we will have to wait for a new generation of Aerospace Engineers to be ready to take on this important task. The global study of Climate Change is based on the ISS and I would not be surprised if Big Oil instructed their GOP Reps including Bushco to cut ISS and Space Shuttle funding.

    Bill Foxx

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:48 PM, markh83 wrote:

    A little Googling will let you know that the space shuttle program was scheduled for retirement under a directive from President George W. Bush in January 2004. It's important to do you research before you start willy nilly blaming people for "making us dependent on others' technology."

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:48 PM, genosound wrote:

    some good comments here. even if most are not related to INVESTING, which is what this post is about.

    More really stupid/troll comments however.

    this peace divided and happy new world we have been acting in good faith since the fall f the soviet union.

    so the BLAME is squarely on PUTIN who destroyed inside and outside russia the people who wanted a modern free world.

    He then stabbed every president in every way he could, front and back. he slapped around bush too. fed the arms to all our enemies and took our money at the same time good for him and for the world. syria iran iraq afganistain etc etc all RUSSIAN arms, without which all these countries would ot be in eternal flames, causing trillions of dollars of damage to the american economy and dragging down the world free economy.

    as far as NASA every US president for 40 years has cut the budget and it was in 2000 that congress got the deal on the russian engines so bush had 2 terms to change that nope. democrats and republicans sold the average American citizen out to the highest bidder. the unregulated free market only works for cheats.

    speaking of cheats they need to get rid of the high frequency trading computer scam, what a ridiculous skimming drag on the economy making a very few traders richer at the cost of everyone else and no positive result for the economy.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:49 PM, razzma wrote:

    Russia's GDP is a little more than California's...

    Really guys? You freaking out over this?

    Trade keeps things friendly. We don't need their parts or help, it's a friendly gesture. Soviet Union fell, they couldn't maintain it...we give them business and contribute to their economy more than they do to ours. What? We going to miss out on cavier and specialty foods? We can build our own engines, worse case put back together a space shuttle if needed.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:50 PM, Becbeq wrote:

    Oh for Pete's sake. Russia isn't "banning" the US. They're refusing to give us rides after the current, paid contract is up. And they're honoring the current contract

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:51 PM, stakebed wrote:

    1. The U.S. military has a shuttle type ROV that can be outfitted with a manned module for military satellite repairs and can be docked to the US side of the station.

    2. Some of the cargo ROV's already being used to take food and supplies to the station can be outfitted with a manned module and docked to the US side of the station.

    Anybody that thinks the US Military was going to leave its military space missions in the hands of the Russians is sadly misinformed. NASA is just using Russia as a bus driver while diverting funds to other projects and NASA is not the US military it's just the face of a wide spread program that the people are allowed to see... so stop fretting over Russia and their pompous bloated rhetoric. It’s not an issue.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:53 PM, Tyeward wrote:

    Sigh. You know what? I´m just not gonna fall for stuff like this anymore. Verbal theater supported by smoke and mirrors is just getting old. All of this mess is from deliberately stepping on the right right butterfly for desired effect. As far as I´m concerned now, Moscow, Brussels, Paris, London, DC, Frankfurt, and Beijing are nothing but puppets being pulled by strings. The only thing we are seeing is the playout on the world stage. It´s just script.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:55 PM, CaptAmericaa1 wrote:

    Quit spending tens of billions on illegal immigrants and re-invest in NASA.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 3:58 PM, hogrider51 wrote:

    I didn't see in the comments on this fact. When ISS was being put together the Russians had a hand in doing so. They ran out of funds to complete their module. The U.S.A. stepped in and gave them funds to complete their section in time to have it transported to the linkup point. so technically what they are banning us to use is not theirs.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:14 PM, Mike946 wrote:

    President George W. Bush initiated the retirement of the Space Shuttle program.President Obama wanted more private companies to do more, so both parties had a hand in closing the program.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:15 PM, JoeJoe1960 wrote:

    Put the whole administration (white house) and send them on the last flight to outer space. They are all wrecking America.. Big government doesn't work. Spending on vacations and golfing while Americans lose their jobs, homeless shame on them all

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:15 PM, JoeJoe1960 wrote:

    Put the whole administration (white house) and send them on the last flight to outer space. They are all wrecking America.. Big government doesn't work. Spending on vacations and golfing while Americans lose their jobs, homeless shame on them all

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:16 PM, djplong wrote:

    President BUSH signed the order to decommission the shuttles in *2004*. On top of that, the Republican Congress is ordering NASA to spend most of it's limited money on the over-budget SLS system that will never be able to launch more than twice a year and cost prohibitively more than solutions that are ALREADY FLYING like SpaceX's Falcon and Dragon.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:19 PM, nanging wrote:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUNc9bWu_1I&feature=playe...

    Obama gave NASA to his Muslim brothers the Saudis

    NASA administrator Charles Bolden stated that Obama had charged him with finding “a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering.”

    Today, Bolden made them feel better by giving the caretakers of Meeca and Medina access to advanced U.S. space technology.

    This morning the Dubai-based Gulf News reported, “The King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has signed two agreements with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration…for extended scientific cooperation and exchange of research.” According to theGN, “Bolden said President Barack Obama is keen on Nasa’s increased international cooperation.”

    The report details Saudi Arabia’s history of satellite launches and hints the cooperation may have another motivation:Gulf News reported that Obama had been “monitoring and photographing climatic changes occurring around the world.” Satellites can be invaluable for communications, photography, surveillance, radar, or jamming an enemy’s communications. No telling which use Riyadh wishes make of them. Obama may have played useful idiot to advance his globalist environmental agenda.

    Although the Saudi space program is moving into high orbit, the domestic undertaking is idling down. Last week, the House passed Obama’s NASA agenda, effectively ending our commitment to return to the moon. His alternative — to end the Constellation program, land on an asteroid, and privatize space travel — has met with opposition from Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

    Today’s negotiations with the Saudis were not the only set taking place in the world’s oil capital. The Saudis had a meeting with international companies to build nuclear reactors, allegedly “to meet electricity demand.” Luckily, no one has ever been suckered by that ploy.

    It seems with one stroke, Obama has advanced both the administration’s foremost goals.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:22 PM, Seed wrote:

    JJ82 , Russia is not arrogant. US policy is arrogant. Russia is not communist anymore, why try to change Russia the way US wants her to be? Why spent billions of dollars to promote "something" by Neo-Con in Ukraine? One does not have to do it just because one can. There should be basic respect for other countries. US alone is not the ruler of the world. US system is not cure all for every country in the world. Look at Iraq and Afghanistan now.

    Now we have to wait and see how things play out in Ukraine and in the Middle East and many other countries.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:28 PM, struckync wrote:

    YOUR NOT ALLOWED IN MY TREE HOUSE ANYMORE,

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:32 PM, TruthWins wrote:

    I migrated to USA back in 1984. I care for America just like any other patriot American. It hurts me to see The Great American has become America. Right in front of my eyes , My journey through 1984 til now.

    Please save American from being changed. Great America did not need any changes in values. The values which made USA a great nation. Today USA has lost credibility around the world. You know why? Its because worldwide interest groups buy influence into American Political system and then they use American platform to execute their crimes making all of us American look like criminals. Wake up please , I wish to see American which I saw in 84 , It was much better nation then than now.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 4:38 PM, Redoubt wrote:

    The ULA is something of a painful legacy to our aerospace industry melting into just a few multiconglomerated corporations. Prior to allowing Boeing and Lockheed to eat up so many other well-known companies, we had a more versatile marketplace for things like... well, rocket engines.

    Today, we see SpaceX and Sierra-Nevada attempting to cut some new pathways at the same time, we see ULA working like heck to stop them.

    Here's to hoping that the Falcon series, along with the Dragon (v3) and the Dream Chaser are allowed to rise above this monopoly.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 5:12 PM, scrumrob wrote:

    Shutting down the shuttle programme with no ready replacement and choosing to trust Russia was a foolish one. Then again, we had a president who gazed into Putin's eyes and decided Putin was someone with whom he could work. That, and he was spending the nation's treasure on Iraq and robbing Peter to pay Paul, which meant part of it came from R&D for the space programme. By the time, we had a different president, it was too late to change plans.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 5:28 PM, dwayne1943 wrote:

    I still don't understand why we, the US, don't use the alien technology we have to do our space work.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 5:38 PM, drift123 wrote:

    America should have never even had

    an "international" space station. We should

    of had or own. I know we tried it before, but

    we could have pulled it off the second time

    (third time?) around.

    America should have never been dependent on

    any country to get to the Space Station either, talk

    about inept government thinking

    It makes about

    as much sense as having Chinese nationals

    work at the Los Alamos Nuclear Lab in

    New Mexico.

    Spying? Stealing Secrets?

    Yep, On a Grand and Daily Scale

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 5:41 PM, SmokinDeist wrote:

    Isn't SpaceX getting close to test launching their Falcon Heavy? That would be a great for larger payloads. They don't seem to get mentioned in these stories but that company is also well on its way to start sending astronauts up in its new Dragon capsule. To hell with Russia--civilian companies developing better spacecraft is the future of spaceflight.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 5:46 PM, SafeDrunkDriving wrote:

    Why not just say the Russians will let the US hitch a ride on their spaceship. Seems a plain and simple statement.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 5:55 PM, HIP2BSQRE wrote:

    This is a very poor article where the author has not done his homework. Where did anyone say "Russians bans US from ISS"? No-one. Russia said that it "might" not sell seats on the Soyuz spacecraft which Russia is getting about $70/million. The author fails to mention that NASA has a competition to get Americans to ISS on an American space vehicle with Boeing, SpaceX and other firm all looking to be selected for the next phase of the competition. Concerning the RD180 - the US govt. may spend some money to get a new rocket engine. The author forgets to mention that ULA gets billions on dollars per year and they should have been using some of that money to find a replacement as part of "assured access". But guess what? They decided not to invest and that is why ULA is in pickle. It does not mean that Lockheed Martin is going to get a dollar. The govt. has not even written down its requirements. If Lockheed wants to spend its own money to fund a replacement - go ahead. It just does not mean that the govt. is going to going to select Lockheed Martin. Other companies that make rocket engines include SpaceX which is building Raptor on its own dime without ANY govt assistance. I would suggest the author next time do a little digging on the internet for more facts:

    http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2512/1

    http://www.spacepolitics.com/2014/06/17/is-ula-going-its-own...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 6:09 PM, smth wrote:

    Everyone always talks about needing to create jobs in the US and one of the best and fastest ways has always been the space program. The government can pour billions into the economy and it will trickle here and trickle there but not do much. Pouring billions into the space program can create thousands of jobs at NASA to start with. Then all the large contractors (companies) that NASA will hire to build all the hardware and software that will be needed. Those companies will sub-out to smaller and smaller companies which in turn will create ten of thousands of jobs and start the Great American Wheels of Industry rolling again. The science from NASA creates new materials and technologies that in turn creates new industries and still more jobs. NASA should be funded to the max so that we create jobs and so that we don't get caught with our pants down again. China wants to go to the moon and is close to orbit capability. Are we going to let the United States lose everything we have accomplished? I hope not!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 6:11 PM, VincentPaul wrote:

    What a total national embarassment. The country that put men on the moon developed the Saturn V and the space shuttle buys rocket engines from its old space race nemesis the Russians. Werner Von Braun where are you when we need you. Shame on us all for allowing congress to gut NASA.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 6:21 PM, maxxfield1997 wrote:

    Wait, wait, wait! Only Republicans saw this coming when Obama did away with NASA? What happens when they start tampering with our satellites? None dare call it treason.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 6:25 PM, JayMacks wrote:

    10 Year old Boy #1:

    "You're not allowed in my treehouse!"

    10 Year old Boy #2:

    "Fine, then you're not allowed to play with my toy guns!"

    55 Year old American President:

    "You're not allowed to beat up your neighbors!"

    55 Year old Russian Dictator:

    "Fine, then you're not allowed in my spaceship!"

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 6:38 PM, GenoFerri wrote:

    The very fact that the President relied upon Russia for rocket engines for our rockets, space travel for our astronauts is criminal!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 6:40 PM, drydem wrote:

    I heard that Space X is modifying its ISS cargo carrier, the Dragon, to shuttle astronauts to the ISS but the upgrade will take about 2 to 3 years. I am not surprise Russia is acting like this - in a way its a good thing because it will help justify funding of NASA which has been facing budget cuts in recent years - without an imminent invasion by evil space alien to unite Congress to fund our space program - Nasa will just have to make do with some grumpy Russian politicians.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 6:46 PM, Skiplndn wrote:

    Forget the rockets altogether. They are to costly, and not reusable. What ever happened to the plan to launch a shuttle from an airplane? The concept of an international space station is insane. It makes for good press, but is about as dumb as asking Russia to grow our food for us. What happens when they get mad at us?? What the USA needs now is more jobs for people with technical skills. Forget trying to make the world happy, and concentrate on doing what is right for the people living here. Restart the space program now!!!!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 7:12 PM, picknminose wrote:

    The Space Shuffle Program. Agree that spell check could give credit to some of your good points. Lets all argue about it some more. That was the plan in the first place. I personally would like to see the Pumpkin Chukkers come through for us. I may have spelled chukkers rong.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 7:15 PM, USMADE wrote:

    So many great minds in here and so many ridiculous comments. Blaming one party for the current demise of our space program is foolish. It's funny how so many say cut, cut, cut but blame the current administration for the cuts. Congress makes the cuts and it has nothing to do with the president. I remember the arguments and the screaming about how the space program was a waste of money. Now its the other guys fault.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 7:15 PM, TeeCee wrote:

    Why no mention of the fact that SpaceX has already delivered cargo ships to the ISS using its' Falcon 9 rocket with Merlin engines, and the Dragon capsule? SpaceX has also shown the Dragon V2 manned capsule, and has the Falcon 9/27 Heavy (second in lift only to the Saturn 5) in development. Orbitech, also, has gone to the ISS with its' Cygnus capsule atop its' Antares rocket, with Vortex engines. I'm amazed at how many commenters appear to be ignorant of the latest developments in our space industry.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 7:21 PM, basha0810 wrote:

    I stand behind Russia. I would ban us too. Russia is a moral country. They have serious standards on things like homosexuality, etc. To do business with a country that violates what you believe (cough, us, cough)? America is going down the toliet. Rock on Russia. Let this country pay the price for its' immorality and support of the gay agenda taking over. Bam.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 7:29 PM, StockgeniusII wrote:

    "ULA said it will have a new rocket ready to fly by 2019."

    Why not just reproduce the Russian made rocket? They have the actual rocket to copy and even make it a little better. That the ask not to start from scratch and design an all new rocket. That is a stupid answer - 5 years away!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 7:33 PM, dbtheonly wrote:

    @USMADE

    Bravo!

    This is the other side of cutting, "Wasteful Federal Spending".

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 8:08 PM, bluesscout wrote:

    When you wanna do something .....do it yourself

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 8:10 PM, cornejod wrote:

    I am no rocket expert, no political wizard, and certainly no math genius, but I smelled the stupidity of the US Government when they dissolved and dismantled the Space Shuttle project with no replacement in sight, and I saw the dependency on Russia would backfire on this country with the disastrous results we are now witnessing. Granted, the SS cost a lot of money even if the shuttles were parked in a hangar, but it would have been still considerably cheaper to mothball the remaining units until the economy recovers, and even build a few more using the existing blueprints and factories. Now they'll have to reinvent the wheel at great cost that the country cannot afford. The United States of America is on the ropes, and Russia has the money, the rockets and the keys. We have nothing. The imbeciles that run this country from Washington have sold the country to the Russians, who have changed only in name, but not ideology-wise: They still want a communist empire stretching from Eastern Europe to China. And since the Europeans have been even bigger fools handing them both trillions in gas payments and disarming their forces, if Putin wants to take over Poland, he can do it in a matter of hours. Not even Hitler had the resources Russia has. The incompetents who signed off on dismantling the space shuttle should all be brought to trial for betraying the nation and aiding the enemy. Better to have even an old and rusty vessel, than to give it away for nothing. Not even Al Qaida or the Soviets at their prime did as much damage to this country than our own inept leaders in Washington from both parties.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 8:17 PM, raptakis wrote:

    People think that Russia is kicking us off because of the Ukraine, but its more then that.

    one of the reasons that russia is doing what its doing to Ukraine is because they owe russia so much money to them for the natural gas they use " something like 1.5 trill " an they want there money.

    As for the the us its well known that america has cut so much money from NASA that its not really even there anymore. they cut like 5% from the station maintenance, fuel, ext. so in all reality were actually piggy backing off them. they are paying for more then what there contract says, so if i was Putin, its eather you pay me what you owe me or you find another way to space, and right now we truly cant afford it.

    look at it this way, if someone owes you money your gonna want it, and if they dont pay you what take them to court, kick them out of your house, cut the electric, gas, water ext, Russia is only doing the same thing. I believe they are right in what they are doing.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 8:49 PM, eeyaw wrote:

    No problem just hitch a ride with the Chinese Taikonauts at a much cheaper price.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 8:51 PM, eyelostmyname wrote:

    That means the space station is not an international space station, anymore. So is it the Russian Space Station? Inquiring minds would like to know, lol.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 9:00 PM, tommy1954 wrote:

    why just enough for 22 months,mount 2 Apollo recovery parachutes and let them fall and then recover booster at sea,refit booster with new seal hardware and it good to go again.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 9:05 PM, tonybudz wrote:

    Russia's giving everyone a way out, let them solve the problem in the Ukraine.

    There is no other logical solution outside of pushing it to war and we have too much vested.

    Hopefully everyone will settle down, we'll learn our lesson, fix our module so it can separate and we say we are prepared next time.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 9:25 PM, bluesscout wrote:

    Yeah like we care if we swap spit with the russkies.in don't see many expats living in russka....but oh how they love comin here.kiss my butt putin.GD dork

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 9:45 PM, dannystrong wrote:

    Gosh, a Fool article that doesn't declare that Elon Musk is the only man who can save us all? (Although I notice that some of his partisans in the comments think that if you can fly an unmanned ship, you can just stick some guys in it and all will be well.) Maybe the Fool is growing up at last, and not looking for a wizard to do all their thinking for them? Well, maybe not, but its a start...

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 9:47 PM, dubujul wrote:

    This is not thed Russia that Reagan liberated back in the 80's. It is a branch of the Soviet Union headed by Mr. Putin, who who belonged to the KGB.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 9:50 PM, paulxy wrote:

    Since 1958, the total NASA budget, adjusted for inflation adds up to just over $1 trillion in today's dollars.

    Since 2009, the price of crude oil has only gone up. America has paid nearly $2 trillion dollars more for oil since then than it would have cost, in today's dollars, at the less than $30 per barrel price during a relatively quite Middle East from Reagan's 2nd term to GW Bush's 3rd year.

    NASA's accomplishments are a measure of half the real cost of what Americans have paid for oil in the last 6 years.

    Power to the oil and gas exporters, including Russia and Middle East financers of terrorism.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 10:02 PM, WalkerT wrote:

    Ok. Let's get our boys back and build our own space station...It's what Ronnie would do.....Regan that is......

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 10:03 PM, cadavatar wrote:

    "...the Russian segment [of the ISS] can exist independently from the American one. The U.S. one cannot..."

    Maybe I missed something. PLEASE interject if I did but the rocket engines re apparently part of the problem and the lesser part at that. If we develop engines that get us to the ISS what good is it if we can't use the American portion of it because it is not livable?

    Mr. Smith you sort of left that (huge) development sitting where you left it. Please pick it up - or if there's nothing more about that the U.S. is doing an inadequate job of damage control.

    ...Somebody??????????????????

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 10:10 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 June 22, 2014, at 10:35 PM, gcarini1985 wrote:

    The Russians aren't realizing something. SpaceX or another company could simply step in. SpaceX just received numerous tax breaks here in California. Either way, SpaceX just unveiled a new manned shuttle and could easily get a contract with NASA. Oh, and that Shuttle was tested in October successfully. So the Russians are huffing and puffing a lot of smoke. The SpaceX Dragon shuttle is of better technology anyways.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 10:57 PM, volcan357 wrote:

    The US has spent too much money on foreign military adventures and not enough on science and technology which includes the space program. That is a shame because we have received no benefit from any of the recent wars in which we were involved but the space program helps advance our technology and improves our competitive position in the world.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:12 PM, duc602 wrote:

    in the first place why would this country even go in with Russia to build this space station. to me it was really stupid

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:13 PM, reggie1943 wrote:

    Dust off the plans for the saturn V, it helped men on the moon. Just update the computers and light the fuse. The saturn V was as powerful or more powerful than the heavy lift rocket the ruskies use. Wake Up America!

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:14 PM, ChristianZ wrote:

    I actually think it's just one loud russian politician twitting. I would not pay too much attention .

    no important person or organization there endorsed him on that point, if you are following.

    When Musk and SpaceX actually deliver a reliable alternative technology to go up and down, it would be great.

    however, to approach human safety records of shuttle or soyuz vehicles you'd likely need to spend tens-to-hundreds of billions, best case.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:18 PM, Gerardatlanta wrote:

    Why did NASA end the Space SHuttle Program to begin with ?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:40 PM, Tommylee2 wrote:

    Just one of the many stupid things our illustrious leader has done since his being crowned. Anyone with half a brain knew when it was first announced, that one day we'd be on the outside looking in because the Russians cannot be trusted.

    Then, when Putin decided to invade Ukraine and Obama jumped up and threw sanctions at him, well at that point is was only a matter of when, not if, we were going to be kicked out of the ISS, or at the very least not allowed aboard their rockets to get there.

    Thank you Mr. Obama for another high priority screw-up. How many more do you have up your sleeve?

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:46 PM, charly123 wrote:

    We have lost the tech, because it will take us at least six years to regain what we gave away through our inept and hugely offensive self-supremacy. The leadership in this country apparently does not understand the importance of staying competitive in the space program. John Kennedy understood it. Barack Obama does not.

  • Report this Comment On June 22, 2014, at 11:59 PM, charly123 wrote:

    By the time we get back into space, who knows what Russia, or China for that matter, will have accomplished up there. We will have no knowledge or oversight. When you have failing leadership, you have a failing country.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 12:04 AM, Lovelycars wrote:

    America paying for space seat when they should b trailblazing....to show you that America still haven't learnt...with all of this happening they still haven't talked about building their very own space station. I always taught the ISS belonged to America, but apparently it doesn't...since they're getting kicked out...now...like a couple where u c the boyfriend driving her girl friend about and they live in a upscale apartment then all of a sudden they fight and now the boyfriend who u taught had a lot going on happens to b the parasite and the girl had the car and apartment all along. That's y a collaboration can't happen because what happens when they fight and there's a disagreement...beg...mfer beg...

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 12:12 AM, Lovelycars wrote:

    U see u can't juggle balls and say supercafragilisticespialidocious As fast as you can continuously while trying to save a girl from a burning building. Soon what is your priority will show and take most of your attention so as your time. America has lost it's focus so as it's ambition. Their priority has been misdirected. You can't be a nation lusting after world domination and still be a nation that's ambitious about space. World domination is a very dark subject and a dark heart is required to have it. So within your self America you must be darkened....within your nation from your morals, your ethics, your spirit and what u once stood for...your music, your movies...your justice system, education perverted and indoctrinated....mass programming on a grand scale...and space...I won't even talk about that...everything must be darkened and changed from the light it once held high to one against it self, darkened to attain world domination. Good luck America now you've chosen your path all I can wish is luck.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 12:32 AM, rav55 wrote:

    NASA has been unable to properly fund any heavy lift engine because Congress will not spend the money. In 2011 they mandated that NASA build such an engine but the money was not made available.

    http://www.universetoday.com/82535/nasa-says-it-cannot-produ...

    Of course we were in 2 wars costing billions per day to manage at the time.

    Point fingers all you want.

    It doesn't hapen without money. And Congress does control the purse strings.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 12:51 AM, DarkDawn wrote:

    The rouge American government has finally met a country that is no longer going to take what it has been forcing on the world, a demented form of democracy that if a country does not bow before it will use it's CIA to destroy a duly elected government in order to force that demented democracy on them.

    This also shows that that rouge government of America can no longer manufacture anything that it use to.

    The citizens of that rouge government brought it upon themselves when they elected a non-citizen muslim as president.

    Live with it or change your country's government America.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 1:34 AM, dfhensley wrote:

    Never, ever go in to a partnership with Russia. They can't be trusted to keep their word. Our history, with them, hasn't taught us anything. When is our leaders going to get the picture?

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 1:36 AM, hectormarcia wrote:

    it's sadly evident that many of the people has NOT enough info or, probably they are IGNORANT: We never have had the technology ( Rockets) to even launch a satellite! The so promoted landing in the moon it was just PROPAGANDA. (Just take a look at 3 years ago when they launch a rocket and hit and to see if the moon had "water?)But let's be in touch with the current situation: Did our "savvy " politicians knows what they were doing when for "strategic" and military bases installation purposes, they used the unsatisfied Ukrainian to revolt and ousted a legal government?

    The problem are not the Russians but our so called leaders: Economics, Military and Political, oh how sad I am, they disappointed all us and the rest of the world!

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 1:42 AM, cri33 wrote:

    Netmanxps..the U.S. didn't know at the time that we would be having "problems" with Russia. Oh and I don't really think it is that funny.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 2:19 AM, mic wrote:

    Wow, ONLY 25 million a piece for a future antique rocket engine. Why not strap a couple V-2 rocket engines to the thing & call it quits. Or maybe they should come up with a way to NOT have to throw them away each time. If their lazy, pull a couple shuttles out of moth balls or go to the colleges & high schools & get some new geeks for idea's. Honestly, how much of our money is too much to spend, when our government is already borrowing 5 million dollars a day & taking our money. It's beginning to look a lot like a scam on the American people.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 2:20 AM, Liquidrob wrote:

    Just another reason to spend taxpayer's money. It's absolutely ridiculous. To boot, Liquidmetal Technoligies was bought on by NASA and Lockheed & Martin, and that wasn't one of the stocks listed in this article with ATK, ORB and GY. I could only imagine how many shares of those companies that the source owns. Either that or they don't even want you to get in on LQMT. Liars and thieves looking to turn a buck. That's all it is. This game of USA vs. Russia is a total farce to spend more $. It's all poops.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 2:36 AM, AustralianJack wrote:

    Australians have long laughed about how ignorant and dumb Americans are... I read the messages here all talking big about how America should just shut "their" space station down, or how the Russians would not be in space if it wasn't for the space station the USA built...

    Only... the Americans did not build it.

    The issue is not just getting the astronauts reliably into space. If Russia wanted they could ban Americans from using their part of the Space Station because most of it was built by them. Not Americans... The entire Solar Array, Life Support, Navigation, Thrust Systems etc...are all from the Russian Mir Space station with additional Russian upgrades... All the critical stuff belongs to Russia.

    Please do try to educate yourselves and break out of the "Americans are Exceptional" bubble you blindly live in. The rest of the world is not just watching the USA sink - they are all laughing as it goes down... Its hard to feel sympathetic when Americans are so ignorant & full of BS.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 3:59 AM, sacramentonurse wrote:

    it is 2014 people why have we not moved beyond the rockets of 1940-1960s that have only had minimal improvements to them.

    we need a single stage to orbit vehicle and should have at least one on backup in case something goes wrong while we have Americans in space.

    the problem Is American and pretty much all people in the world turned tech on themselves, we can call anyone anywhere with cell phones and do a millions things with them but we still have rockets from yester year.

    people need to pull their heads out of their butts collectively and see we are going down a path of destruction for our earth and need to look elsewhere if mankind wants to expand and survive the next thousand years.

    we should be exploring our solar systems already and we are just thinking of going back to the moon and looking at one way trips to mars 10 years from now.

    let companies compete for space tech and lets go with the companies that innovate the most.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 7:16 AM, Bushdidit wrote:

    Thanks Obama for giving NASA the job of making Arabs feel better instead of delivering payloads into space.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 8:32 AM, realpatriot wrote:

    Russia can not, and is not, trying to deny access to the station, they are simply saying that we are going to be responsible for finding our own way there. Currently, due to poor planning and a total lack of for-thought by Barack Hussein Obama, America is a again weakened by his lack of experience and knowledge. Next time, we should elect a president with some qualities instead of what we got stuck with this time. Russia got James Bond, we got stuck with Urkel

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 8:33 AM, jeremymcvicar wrote:

    The title of this article is very missleading as we will continue to use Russia to get our guys to the ISS. However, "they" (The Obama Administration) cut the Space Shuttle program to save money. Ya - that didn't work because were're 8 trillion dollars more in debt since he came into office. The USA is NOT number 1 in the world. We've fallen behind in many areas and Rocket development is one of them. One of the greatest contributors to falling behind is pure costs of R&D. Another thing, "they" (US private companies) have a solid reputation for NEVER sticking to a budget. Make no mistake about it, Government contractors/Defense Contractors can NEVER make rockets cheaper than China or Russia and anything we do develop will far exceed origional estimates - this is FACT! Why? Because in Communist-Socialist nations the Gov has far more control over spending, even when dealing with private companies. Conversely, in a Capitalistic society where private companies conduct R&D and the Government contracts with them to do it, cost over-runs are a common thing. There are only two solutions, one fund Government agencies such as DARPA or anothers such as NASA to conduct the R&D and manufacturing (nearly impossible when it comes to manufacturing) OR to issue Government contracts that are Fixed-Price Incentive Frim Target (FPIF). This is an incentive contract that rewards greater profit to a company when final costs are less than the target thus incentivizes teh contractor to control costs.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 8:49 AM, realpatriot wrote:

    Also, as far as the rocket engines go, it is not the lack of technology or the expense involved in building them. We can build great engines here in the US with our technology. It is the fact that we do not have a good source of titanium. Even during the Cold War, we were getting out titanium from Russia thru 3rd party sources. That is why we need these engines from Russia. Everything is not "black and white" and you have to know a little about how things work to see exactly what Barack Hussein Obama is doing to destroy this country

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 8:57 AM, salconti wrote:

    America strikes back to WHAT? what a stupid start. Mr writer, do you remember we always say in America, "Get your own" so you dumntard do not instigate.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 9:13 AM, Netmanxps wrote:

    CRI33

    In reply. Comprehension doesn't appear to be your strong point. The funny part was about saving money on doing away with the shuttles. Money now is being divided between private groups and companies to design rockets and ships. Now this sudden threat from Russia. Now more serious money to being placed to find means for rocket engines. Go back five years on how much money was going to be saved by deactivating the Shuttle program. Then come back to the present and see the funds spend to design and build. Yeah...from my perspective it's pretty funny. No retort accepted.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 9:18 AM, Tillerman1976 wrote:

    Let's see.. lets base our MILITARY launch programs on a rocket made by a country that has historically been our enemy for the past 100 years. Yeah... nothing wrong with that logic is there? Geez... how stupid are some of our people. With that mind set, I don't see a problem. Lets just source them from CHINA NOW!!!! Idiots!

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 10:31 AM, Bigsmoke24 wrote:

    Lol who cares, the space station is a giant black hole for money anyways. All the repairs and maintenance, not to menition getting people up and back, oh and all the expirements we have done before. Until we can travel to other planets or solar systems the space around Earth has been explored, we know what's up there already, it's pretty much pointless at this point in time. I do find it quit funny that Putin thinks they can keep the space station up there without our help. If we stop going up spending all that money on repairs and maintenance the space station will fall out of the sky in a matter of months. Plus we are probably going to start buying, making our own parts again so all that revenue Russia makes off of all of that will go poof. With Ukraine looking for other sources to buy their gas, and us moving on to other markets for our parts I'm guessing Putin did a pretty good job of shooting himself in the foot and he doesn't even realize it yet.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 10:58 AM, ndungaa wrote:

    Who started the whole nosense of hate speech and threats. You sent some idiots in Ukraine to start a war that they now regret, you do the same the whole world and lie to some countries that there is someone planning WW 3, just to market your weapons eehe ? Your country fights wars every year in, out killing hundreds of people and in God you claim you trust.......

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 12:59 PM, tommy1954 wrote:

    when you become president of a country and setout to destroy it anyway that you can,1st thing you do is cut funding for advanced science's to let country drag behind in newer technology's.2nd thing weaken down military to second or third world country,3rd then pass laws on country's safety items in industry to shut down productivity while other country expand production with no law's on such safety topic's,4th bring in other work force from second and third world country's with tax breaks to company's that are owned and operated by criminal background organzion,5th then when all this is done start and maintain wars in various engagement to bleed the country dry on finances and thou these 5 items a powerful country will be busted down and run over in 15 years.how's them apples?

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 1:01 PM, moonwatcher2001 wrote:

    And please. The ISS was paid for mostly (75%) by American taxpayers. Other participating nations provided modules or supply transport as a way of paying their way, with the EXCEPTION of Russia, which the US foolishly used as a sub-contractor, and allowed them to count that as their "participation". Their "son of MIR" refurbished modules are part of the reason the ISS is so shabby. Indeed, the acoustic environment in some of the Russian modules is so bad that NASA doesn't allow our astronauts to stay in the very long. And don't discount that almost every module (except two Russian ones) were brought up on the Shuttles, and the ISS required hundreds of dangerous hours of EVA by our astronauts to be assembled. No engineer would ever design a station like this, but for political accommodation. If we had not been so foolish as to have thrown away the Saturn V, a station could have been assembled in only 4 unmanned flights, and been up and running for research in the very first year, instead of it taking 10 long years to finally be complete and operational. It is estimated that the ISS could be useful till the 2028 time. After the huge investment of creating it, we ought to at least expect as much research use out of it as possible.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 1:24 PM, HydroFC wrote:

    It is my generation's time to step forward with new leadership. We the people in our 40's and 50's need to clean-up the mess. It's our country. It's our time we need to reinstate values and norms with honor and integrity. The question is who will step forward..

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 1:31 PM, tgpsillas wrote:

    Russia better look out for space pirates!

    If SpaceX starts selling rockets to Space Somalians, a space pirate could threaten to cut off the space station's power supplies from the outside, for a ransom.

    It could be former US Astronauts on unemployment.

    You gotta love free enterprise!

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 2:30 PM, alib77 wrote:

    I agree with so many of the comments above.There is NO EXCUSE for any of this! Our government has been taking our money to fund our "space programs" and our "military" and for what?They haven't been doing anything in those departments for the American people for years. So once again we have a Threat to our National Security? What in the hell?? Because the military wont be able to put up more spy satellites? They didn't just in the last few weeks realize this was going to create problems. It had to be as obvious to all the military advisors and security advisors (I wont even bring our so-called commander in chief into this) And now out of the blue after all these years to get us kicked out of our own space station? Fighting in "not our wars" for over a decade?

    We have no business depending on Russia! Any high school kid knows that! Now we're being threatened by &/or laughed at by them. (I think if I was them I'd be laughing at us too.) And as far as our Military goes? The one that keeps depleting our human & financial resources fighting wars that never should have been started in the first place, with no end in site. Now, just like every time they want to pull more $ to cover their butts and to make the usual feeble attempt at taking the attention off their inept spending of OUR money, Suprise!! Once again they break out the "Threat to National Security Card"!! And they can all of a sudden make what we need (so they say) for a fraction of the cost in a fraction of the time! So why isn't it done already? It is sadly like watching enablers supplying drug addicts with money after being lied to time after time and not stopping til there's nothing left because the money & the trust are GONE!! Which it seems is exactly where we are!

    But what I find incredible and icing on the cake,is we haven't been hearing about this anywhere else in the news? I learned today that China has created over 70,000 jobs in the U.S. for Americans(we should be doing that ourselves), and Iraq is attempting to get us to use our air support AGAIN to save their butts, and now this! I am hearing for 1st time because of a push for subscribers!! I could keep going but what's the point really? It all is crap & it just never stops...

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 2:37 PM, alib77 wrote:

    tommy1954~you hit all the nails on the head! And now it's been snowballin so long, there's no stoppin it now~if there ever was??? Have a great day:)

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 2:39 PM, PATRIOT2014 wrote:

    I always thought that it was a mistake to let our industrial might go overseas and leave us open for any country to use as they would This proves my piont.

    Bring back our industries to the states, give americans their jobs back. Make us not slaves to other nations any more.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 2:56 PM, Teapartysucks wrote:

    It is pitiful that the cheap az Congress let the U.S.

    get in this position! -------and what's up with buying rocket engines from the scumbag ruskies?

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 3:15 PM, Swan007 wrote:

    Hey Putin....Keep your STINKING Space Station, we will build our own, plus Keep Your Rockets we will Build our Own, want to be like that, we don't need a DAMN thing that RUSSIA has. This is just a eye opener for the United States not to depend on any country for a DAMN thing. THE END !

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 3:19 PM, IGUANALUVU wrote:

    Yeah? Well I've been kicked out of better establishments than this! So there.

    Where's the damn door?

    ....

    ....

    ....

    Oh, wait. Oh sh--

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 3:26 PM, BOSUX wrote:

    Just one more example of glorious leaders triumphs in foreign policy except this one goes far beyond his usual. You would think that even he would have had better sense to put us in this position, I mean if you had no knowledge of his past leadership skills. Just cut a few of his give free perks to non US citizens, i.e. taxpayers; and we could put our experts back to work and buy the ISS.

    black power

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 3:42 PM, jkhuston wrote:

    Why don't we just ask King Obama? He has an answer for everything. Personally, we need to tell the Russians to go wiz up a rope.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 5:59 PM, belardo wrote:

    For those who keep posting childish and foolish thing about Obama. History is challenging, I know - but do a bit of research.

    1 - Obama *DID NOT* end the shuttle program. This is easy to figure out. Just as he did NOT end the F-23 program. The Shuttle program was in its last days when he became president.

    2 - Nobody made Obama King, he is the President.

    3 - The Constellation program was a joke to begin with. It was severely under-budget.

    4 - The budget for NASA is smaller than the fuel spent on running generators to keep the A/C running in the tents/buildings in Iraq for our troops (which was needed).

    5 - Want to expand out Space program? Reduce our military budget. Stop being the World Police, we don't get paid for it. Our military budget is the LARGEST in the world. The next 10 countries combined are still SMALLER than Team USA and those are our FRIENDS. We have over 10 active Air Craft Carriers. Only a few countries have 1, maybe 2 small ones.

    6 - The GOP loves cutting the budget to NASA and science.

    7 - The private sector is building new tech, which is the goal, isn't it?

    8 - Russia is arrogant. The reason they even HAVE a space program today is because the USA/NASA paid them for ISS parts. In fact, the ISS cost *US* more money because the Russian ISS parts were delayed which effected our Shuttle schedules.

    9 - To go to the Ukraine would mean WAR with Russia... Imagine what WE would do if the USA forced Cuba to become our territory and Russia decided to HELP OUT and landed their forces in Cuba? Remember the Cuba Missile Crises? We were a hair away from total annihilation.

    Even a small nuclear war between India and Pakistan is ENOUGH to KILL every single human being on the surface because of radiation fall out.

    Idiots shouldn't be picking fights because they have a chip on their shoulder.

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 6:19 PM, atim wrote:

    We have an excellent design for a space shuttle--the existing design. The existing design has shown to be very successful. From that existing design any and all updates can be added without any major delays. The booster rockets for the shuttle program proved to be reliable and can be build on a shot schedule. We need to remove all political game playing and do what is right for the USA. The past shows that when we depend on other nations the USA gets the short end. Between Boeing and others this country produces the most reliable products in the world. Depending on Russia is like depending on a snake, it will always bit you. Most of the development of China and/or Russia has been stolen or given to them. Both have shown to be untrustworthy in many areas of cooperation between them and the USA. The secret in dealing with them is to always face them, never turn your back. This is true when dealing with the middle east. We must trust, but always verify any and all things. I was in the aerospace and nuclear industry for over 40 years, served in the Army during the Korean War. Always trust, but verify any and all things. The USA needs to and should be the leader in the space programs. We as the people need to call our elected politicians to task and stop them from playing games with our lives and future. GOD BLESS AMERICA

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 7:32 PM, CVangelo wrote:

    I have the perfect name for our new rockets ... Trampoline. He who laughs last laughs best!

  • Report this Comment On June 23, 2014, at 8:27 PM, quasimodo007 wrote:

    Good the USa should Quit helping the EVIL czar putin/SATAN and his EVIL russian .

    EVIL czar putin/SATAN has had a VERY DEEP DEEP Hatred for the USA ever since the Fall of EVIL Corrupt ussr. EVIL czar putin/SATAN wants to Punish the US. EVIL czar putin/SATAN just laughs at how Deaf,Blind,Ignorant GREEDY/ Arrogant and Down Right Dumb the evil NsA who Have NO Intel on anything except to Spy on Americans /World Leaders /EVIL Corrupt CiA Bribe and Pay off corrupt EVIL US cheney military contractors THUGS and the EVIL US Military TOP BR ass who's MOTTO is to Protect RAPIST who Sexually assault US military Women and Civilian Women

  • Report this Comment On June 24, 2014, at 10:28 AM, mikempp wrote:

    i giggle at those that blame one party or the other. I have a friend that says "he's not dumb enough to support either party". i tend to agree. they both sold us out.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2014, at 11:08 AM, vikingorca wrote:

    Did anyone look at this as a sign of future activity that the International Space Station? It may be that the aging International Space Station may be getting unsafe for both US and Russian pilots and crews aboard. The competition of the MIR with the ISS in the early years is over after all the Crew members were evacuated when it began entering unsafe altitudes for what it was designed for. The ISS may be getting to the range where some of the equipment or designs of the ISS may be altered because of its descent like all other satellites to earth. Like all satellites, they eventually return to earth, and while descending some equipment and components do not operate or are obselete with this natural process.

  • Report this Comment On July 04, 2014, at 11:09 AM, vikingorca wrote:

    I suggest the terms Satellite life span, and Orbital life span be discussed amongst those who may or may not know.

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The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

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