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Congressman Rob Bishop

Representing the 1st District of Utah

Relying on Russia to Get to Space = Bad Idea

April 30, 2014
Press Release


—In response to the latest U.S. sanctions, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin addressed America's reliance on the Russian Soyuz to transport astronauts to space. Rogozin stated,

"I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline."

In 2010, when President Obama announced plans to kill NASA's manned space flight program in favor of yet-to-be-developed private technologies for human transport to space, Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) cautioned the Administration that ceding our position as global leaders in space technologies to countries like Russia was irresponsible and risky. When the Ares Rocket and Constellation Program were cancelled, the United States became solely reliant on Russia to transport U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Russian Soyuz. Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin delivered the following statement about the U.S.'s ability to access the ISS:

"The United States introduced sanctions against our space industry... We warned them, we will reply to statements with statements, to actions with actions," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who heads Russia's defense industry, said on Twitter, according to Reuters.

American astronauts depend on Russian rockets to get to the ISS, but after the U.S. imposed sanctions – which deny export licenses for high-tech items that could aid Russia's military -- Rogozin offered up a different idea.

"I propose that the United States delivers its astronauts to the ISS with the help of a trampoline," he said.

Four years ago, Congressman Bishop cautioned the Administration against cancelling NASA's manned space flight program,

noting the dangers of relying on unstable countries like Russia. Bishop also shared concerns about the detrimental impact this would have on military preparedness and missile defense capabilities.

Bishop meets with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to discuss future of manned space program.