Dimitri Rogozin, director of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, invited billionaire multi-entrepreneur Elon Musk to come and discuss space in Russia. On social networks, the boss of SpaceX quickly reacted to this invitation.
The American channel CNN published an article on September 7 reporting remarks by the director of the Russian space agency who was particularly laudatory towards the boss of SpaceX. “Elon Musk realizes a lot of ideas and thoughts that we wanted to materialize, but could not realize because after the breakup of the Soviet Union our space program came to a standstill for a while. […] We respect him as an organizer of the space industry and as an inventor who is not afraid to take risks, ”said Dimitri Rogozine, for example.
– “I have already put the kettle on the fire” – “Thank you! What is your favorite tea? ”
On the occasion of the very first interview granted to a Western media since his arrival in May 2018 at the head of Roscosmos, the Russian statesman also invited Elon Musk to come and discuss in Russia “the exploration of the world. universe, extraterrestrial life and[une utilisation] space to preserve life on Earth ”. “I have already put the kettle on the fire,” joked Dimitri Rogozine to show that he was ready to receive the billionaire multi-entrepreneur who, on Twitter, did not fail to react to this invitation. “Thank you ! What is your favorite tea? ”Elon Musk wrote on the social network.
The exchange between the two men recalls others, more or less spicy.
In April 2020, the Russian accused the American of slashing the prices of commercial launches, forcing Russia to lower its prices. Dimitri Rogozine had particularly pointed out “the dumping of American companies financed by the American budget”. “The launchers of SpaceX are 80% reusable, while for theirs it’s 0, that’s the real problem, ”Elon Musk replied.
The next month, the two men exchanged pleasantries this time on the occasion of the success of the first operational mission to transport astronauts to the ISS, entirely carried out by SpaceX, aboard a Crew Dragon capsule.
As noted by CNN in its latest article, the director of Roscosmos would also like to invite Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos – respectively bosses of Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin, the two companies having both recently completed their first manned flight a hundred kilometers away. altitude -, taking off in October 2021 of a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.