Moscow (RIA Novosti) Apr 25, 2011
Russia will not permit the first U.S. commercial spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station (ISS) unless its safety is fully tested, a high-ranking official with Russia's space agency Roscosmos said on Friday.
"We will not issue docking permission unless the necessary level of reliability and safety [of the spacecraft] is proven. So far we have no proof that those spacecraft duly comply with the accepted norms of spaceflight safety," said Alexei Krasov, who heads the manned spaceflight department of Roscosmos.
The statement comes in the wake of media reports that the spacecraft's designer, U.S. company SpaceX, requested NASA to authorize the docking in December.
earlier related report
"We'll probably put a first man in space in about three years," Elon Musk told the Wall Street Journal Saturday. "We're going all the way to Mars, I think... best case 10 years, worst case 15 to 20 years."
SpaceX is one of the two leading private space companies in the United States and has won $75 million from the US space agency NASA to help its pursuit of developing a spacecraft to replace the space shuttle.
The California-based company last year completed its first successful test of an unmanned space capsule into orbit and back.
"Our goal is to facilitate the transfer of people and cargo to other planets, and then it will be up to people if they want to go," said Musk, who also runs the Tesla company which develops electric cars.
The US space shuttle program is winding down later this year with final flights of Endeavour set for next week and Atlantis in June, ending an era of American spaceflight that began with the first space shuttle mission in 1981.
When the shuttle program ends, the United States hopes private industry will be able to fill the gap by creating the next generation of spacecraft to transport astronauts into space.
"A future where humanity is out there exploring stars is an incredibly exciting future, and inspiring, and that's what we're trying to help make happen," Musk added in the interview.
Earlier this month SpaceX unveiled what Musk has called the world's most powerful rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which will have its first demonstration flight at the end of 2012.
The launcher is designed to lift into orbit satellites or spacecraft weighing more than 53 metric tons, or 117,000 pounds - more than twice the capacity of the Space Shuttle or Delta IV Heavy launcher.
SpaceX, short for Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, is one of two private companies that NASA has contracted to transport cargo to the International Space Station.
Musk, a South African who made his fortune in the Internet, created SpaceX in 2002.
Source: RIA Novosti
Share This Article With Planet Earth
Station at NASA
Station and More at Roscosmos
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia
Watch NASA TV via Space.TV
Space Station News at Space-Travel.Com
Paparazzi In Space
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Apr 21, 2011
For the second time, an attempt to take a photograph of a Space Shuttle docked with the International Space Station has been thwarted. Russia has again declined to undock a Soyuz spacecraft for a photographic expedition. It's highly possible that the Shuttle program will end with no clear photograph of an entire orbiter and the entire International Space Station docked together. The techni ... read more
GSAT-8 put through its paces|
Ariane Ariane 5 enjoys second successful launch for 2011
Ariane rocket launches two telecoms satellites
SpaceX aims to put man on Mars in 10-20 years
NASA Orbiter Reveals Big Changes in Mars' Atmosphere
Dry ice find hints Mars was a wetter place: study
A Tale Of Two Deserts
Mars Rover's 'Gagarin' Moment Applauded Exploration
India Eyeing Collaboration With JPL In 2016 NASA Lunar Mission
BRP To Contribute To Canadian Moon And Mars Exploration Programs
Naveen Jain Co-Founder And Chairman Of Moon Express
Project Morpheus To Begin Testing At NASA's Johnson Space Center
Carbon monoxide detected around Pluto
The PI's Perspective: Pinch Me!
Later, Uranus: New Horizons Passes Another Planetary Milestone
Can WISE Find The Hypothetical Tyche In Distant Oort Cloud
Tuning Into ExoPlanet Radio
The Shocking Environment Of Hot Jupiters
Radio signals could 'tag' distant planets
Russia may launch light Soyuz carrier rocket by 2012
Weak Russian component downed Indian rocket Says Ex-ISRO chief
Russia To Develop New Space Rocket By 2015
NASA awards $270 million in spaceship contracts
Asia's star ever brighter in space
What Future for Chang'e-2
China setting up new rocket production base
China's Tiangong-1 To Be Launched By Modified Long March II-F Rocket
Fast-Rotating Asteroid Winks For Astronomer's Camera
Cold Asteroids May Have A Soft Heart
WISE Mission Spots 'Horseshoe' Asteroid
WISE Mission Spots Horseshoe Asteroid
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2010 - SpaceDaily. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by SpaceDaily on any Web page published or hosted by SpaceDaily. Privacy Statement|