Russia to Musk, "Challenge Accepted!" This is the message one receives in analyzing Russian small talk, as reported by BGR.
"Elon Musk and SpaceX will not lead the reusable rocket space race for long, at least not if Russia has something to say about it. Russia's Keldysh Research Center has been working on a reusable rocket solution for almost a decade, and is now stepping up enthusiasm with a new conceptual video showing how your spacecraft works.
"Speaking to reporters, Vladimir Koshlakov explained that Elon Musk and SpaceX do not pose a real threat to the group's plans. Musk, says Koshlakov, is counting on technology that will soon be outdated while Russia is looking to shape the future of space flight. "
It's a bit like what you'd expect from heavy boxers before a big pay-per-view game. Except, in this case, it's hard to understand what the bets are. The first space race was about national pride. Even so, it does not matter which nation-state first came into space, or that it first left a memory on the moon.
One would think that we have overcome all this with the success of the international space station. It is a testimony of what we can do when we go beyond the artificial lines on a map and rise above political differences to unite as one people.
But that's not what we were saying during the first space race. And apparently does not fly in the current. The thing that flies is the Tesla Roadster by Elon Musk. Because where it is, we do not need roads.
We can easily imagine a future where reusable rockets will be useful. But there will be a lot of business out there. In the end, it does not matter who performed first. As for the bragging rights, it is a government versus an individual. And the individual is winning.
That said, the Russians know the way through space. And we can only benefit from your contributions. They also know the way of nuclear energy. So, it only makes sense that they have managed to merge the two.
Note that this is not the first time that Russian space authorities have verbally opposed Musk over their ambitions. Vladimir Solntsev, managing director of RSC Energy in Russia, the country's top space contractor, suggested that Musk would not be able to send paying customers to and from the moon until next year.
Sontsev is not wrong about what he said. Musk has a tendency to overpromise. We did not see the Musk drawings. There is no launch vehicle or spaceship. Then, again, Musk has one of his cars in space and headed for Mars. Your Move, Russia.