Recently, Vladimir Putin’s administration has passed a new bill banning Russian people and companies from using foreign-developed satellite Internet, including Britain’s OneWeb-Penitentiary or Starlink’s SpaceX. – America.
The Russian State Duma (House of Representatives) said that such access would bypass its Internet and mobile network surveillance system. Under current regulations, all media, communications and Internet traffic must be controlled by Russian carriers.
According to Arstechnica, it is not surprising that Russia blocked the Starlink service. Director of the country’s Space Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, once viewed SpaceX as a major rival in the aerospace field.
Currently, Russia is planning to develop its own satellite Internet called “Sphere”.
Rogozin said that both NASA and the US Department of Defense subsidize SpaceX through government contracts. Recently, he also accused Starlink of not only a regular Internet service, but also a connection with US special forces.
|Former US President Donald Trump (right); US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence oversee the first manned launch of the Crew Dragon, built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.|
“Starlink is part of a strong, ambitious American high-tech policy that uses the ‘Shock and Awe’ strategy to advance their military interests,” Rogozin announced in August. / 2020.
In August 2020, billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX company successfully tested a Starlink system consisting of thousands of small satellites that were launched in low-Earth orbit to provide Internet connectivity. The Starlink satellites, which are launched into orbit by rocket boosters developed by SpaceX themselves, are Russia’s biggest competitor.
Recently, the founder of SpaceX has given advice that can be considered “useful” to Russian transport missile engineers.
Commenting on the Russian project “Amur-LNG” that could recover the first floor, Elon Musk said that this is a “good way”, but must strive to be fully reused. Not used for the missile itself, it can be used in other areas.
Judging by the advice of US rival, Russian expert in the field of space travel Andrei Ionin commented that the creation of fully reusable rockets is not entirely beneficial, there are many interesting options. and more promising for use on orbit of other floors.
“It is possible to try to solve the problem of recovering the 2nd floor, but in my opinion, this quest seems pointless, because there is no need, moreover, in future space also needs building materials for some large space objects “- Mr. Ionin said.
Also, he says, before thinking of how to build a fully reusable missile, it is necessary to learn how to reclaim the first tier, something Elon Musk himself has been doing for a long time.
According to Ionin, this task is not only easier than recovering the second layer, but also more economical, as the cost of the first floor is 50-60% of the cost of the entire missile. .
According to him, the second tier of boosters usually fly into orbit. In the future, many tons of that floating metal could be recovered and used to build industrial structures, cities, tourist centers and solar power plants in space.
This will require the creation of new technologies and in the future, “robot welders” will gather information, disassemble the floor blocks into pieces and re-weld them into structures for construction. the futuristic space cities.