25 April 2014
Oleg Ostapenko, head of Roscosmos, said that the Russian space agency could function without any Western space technology, contradicting concerns that more sanctions from the U.S. could damage the country’s efforts in space and harm the ISS program. He also reportedly stated that Russia would be increasing its collaborative efforts with China, and that Russia is the country other nations most rely on because it currently has the only rockets that can send astronauts to the ISS. Ostapenko also said that the draft Federal Space Program (FSP) includes plans to develop a super-heavy carrier rocket that could launch 70 to 80 metric tons into space and eventually 100 to 120 metric tons, payload capacities that are similar to the Space Launch System that NASA is developing. (Image: Soyuz launch. Credit: Wikimedia)
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