Russia Retaliates: Blocks GPS, Bans US Use Of Its Rocket Engines

Tyler Durden's picture

Just as Russia had promised, sanctions were not effective and so they went straight to targeted bans. On the heels of The Pentagon admitting that they had "no solution" to replacing Russian rocket engines in the launch systems for US military satellites (as we have covered extensively), Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin this morning announced:


He further added that Russia will not extend its partnership in the International Space Station beyond 2020 (which suggests Russia does not expect a quick resolution to the current tensions).


As RT reports,

Moscow is banning Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines, which the US has used to deliver its military satellites into orbit, said Russia’s Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries.


According to Rogozin, Russia is also halting the operation of all American GPS stations on its territory from June 1.


Russia currently hosts 11 ground-based GPS stations, the Deputy PM said.


The move comes after the US refused to place a signal correction station for Russia’s own space-based satellite navigation system, GLONASS, on American territory, he explained.

This is a major problem for the US military because (as Bloomberg reports),    


The Pentagon has no “great solution” to reduce its dependence on a Russian-made engine that powers the rocket used to launch U.S. military satellites, the Defense Department’s top weapons buyer said.


“We don’t have a great solution,” Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, said yesterday after testifying before a Senate committee. “We haven’t made any decisions yet.”


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Air Force to review its reliance on the rocket engine after tensions over Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimea region prompted questions from lawmakers about that long-time supply connection.


United Launch Alliance LLC, a partnership of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., uses the Russian-made RD-180 engine on Atlas V rockets.


As Putin warned - apparently correctly...


“The US is certainly one of the world’s leaders. At some point it seemed that it was the only leader and a uni-polar system was in place. Today it appears that is not the case. Everything in the world is interdependent and once you try to punish someone, in the end you will cut off your nose to spite your face,” he said.

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Titus's picture

This is really true and underestimated among the US population due to the propaganda efforts. All russian's desire a strong leader, the need driven by the Russian female's attraction to strong males. Putin fits the bill, and people respect him from for being strong. The very small minority (<10%) that doesn't like him are led by kids wearing $500 shoes and designer jeans bought by Victoria Nudelman's money.

bh2's picture

"Have to admire Putin -- he is looking like a leader."

The morons in the WH make that easy for him. One can only wonder what the total damage to western interests will add up to by the time this President finally leaves office. Mr. Obama correctly said "elections have consequences". Too right. 

Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

Don't stop counting after he's gone. It's idiot puppets as "leaders" here on out, until the end, because that's what the average American has become, an idiot.

Overfed's picture

Just wait 'til we get 8 years of Shitlery or Shrub II.

GeorgeHayduke's picture

These types of tactics are beyond the scope of mainstream 'Mercans where the prevailing tactic is to lay down the rules of the game and how it's going to be, then start swinging if you don't get your way. Times are a changin'.

border dog's picture

Do not piss off the Bear.....

asteroids's picture

Throw money at spacex with the removal of all the bullshit paperwork and nanny restrictions and you could probably have a whole fucking assembly line running inside of 4 months.

BlindMonkey's picture

Mr. Yellen has that covered.

loonyleft's picture

we no takey green funny money. you give gold or you go home round eyes

cooky puss's picture

"Mr. Yellen has that covered."

I do! \o/
No worries kiddos ;) 

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

one-hundreth of the money gifted to Wall Street criminals. 

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

"What money"...

How about the $2.6 Trillion that the pentagon can't find?

It's estimated that 25% of the DOD budget goes missing every year... incredible... and a hell of a lot of greens fees.

fx's picture

SpaceX will be exposed as a dud - and Saint Elon along with it. Just because he founded paypal and later sold it for a nice profit, everybody seems to think he is a genius who can walk on water and break the laws of chemistry and phyisics, if need be.

813kml's picture

But Elon Musk is rich, according to American thinking he must be a genius.

JuliaS's picture

What do Tony Stark and Elon Musk have in common?

They're both fictional geniuses.

Overfed's picture

I still keep thinking that Elon Musk is some kind of men's cologne from the '70s.

edotabin's picture

Yes, introduced by the makers of Hai Karate.

BlindMonkey's picture

I am not convinced of that.  They have an awesome control over their rocket as demonstrated in the video.  The Russians make big power out of their rockets for their heavy lift systems.  I think SpaceX can get there with time.  


It is not a short term solution though.  Somebody should have thought of this before they poked the bear.

Postal's picture

Somebody should have thought of this before they poked the bear.

Since when do American Sheeple think ahead?

InflammatoryResponse's picture


"Since when do American LEADERS think ahead?"


fixed that for you.   we get into trouble all of the time with enemy of my enemy is my friend etc.



NotApplicable's picture

"Since when do American LEADERS think?"


Stop attributing human traits to puppets. Frankly, it's embarrassing.

espirit's picture

What do American LEADERS think is going to happen when they stick their fingers in the BEARS ASS?

Tall Tom's picture

Time is the luxury which the USA is running out

vened's picture

SpaceX and Elon Musk business model

Steal NASA engineers and charge NASA double rates for them. Profit!

SpaceX doesn't own any test facilities. They use the ones from NASA compliments of US taxpayers.


Seeing Red's picture

Tulip:  How about a smart, passionate guy with some vision?  I would gladly work for him (yes, I'm technical).

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

He got his own foundaton so he is in da club so to speak. He'll get the money needed if it is important enough to the MIC complex through his foundation or taking SpaceX public..

TMLutas's picture

Since ULA has 2 years of engine inventory, we don't have to do much different than what we already were doing. The 2015 SpaceX assembly line capacity is scheduled for 2 rockets per month and Some of them will be F9Rs which means they will be reusable and constitute a fleet of rockets that can launch multiple times without taking up assembly line capacity at all. 

End of 2015 Dragonrider is supposed to complete man rating so we're unlikely to suffer too much on the human launch front even if Putin stops selling seats to the US for ISS trips. It is quite likely that SpaceX will be both cheaper and better than continuing reliance on Soyuz. 

Dr. Engali's picture

WTF has this country who once had the greatest space program ever degenerated into? We can't even fire a damn satellite into space. Rifuckingdiculous. The U.S has become this giant lumbering  retard who can't get out of it's own way that happens to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons at it's disposal. Not a good mix.

Al Huxley's picture

Rocket launches don't do much to help the wizards of Wall Street reno their villas, so they get scrapped.  Welcome to the fucking third world.

Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

It should make you wonder whether they can actually launch.

Dr. Engali's picture

I was just editing to say the same thing. They are probably relegated for domestic use only.

p00k1e's picture

Euthanasia for all the disabled/sickly peeps and we get our Space Program back.

Social Security benefits, March 2014

Disability Insurance - Beneficiaries Number (in thousands) 10,981   

Average monthly benefit (dollars) 995.38

10981000 x $995.38 = $10,930,267,780 a month toward the Space Program.

Winston of Oceania's picture

Well the day they start that shit I'm coming looking for YOU.

p00k1e's picture

Since the Libs and bleeding hearts won’t get out of the way….  

How about, the owners of the disabled person must pay for it’s upkeep??  Free scooters, c'mon. 

Be real.  If granny needs a heart transplant, let the family decide if they'll pay for it.  Get government dollars out of the decision making process.  

Tenshin Headache's picture

or, a few days worth of Fed coupon passes.

Winston of Oceania's picture

I for one am glad that the inefficient Gub'ment is getting out of the way. Maybe if they allow more than one company to design and build our engines we would have one that works.

Gaius Frakkin&#039; Baltar's picture

Hah! I doubt Elon would agree with "inefficient Gub'ment is getting out of the way." How many regulatory hurdles has he jumped through so far? The Gubment has simple abandoned rocket design and manufacturing for more corrupt and profitable opportunities, but rest assured they still claim ownership of the playing field.

intric8's picture

You know the deal. Our moronic, self-serving elected officials we've voted into office, who are a reflection of american ideals in general, have been feverishly and unconstitutionally bloating up taxpayer burden for the sake of the megacorporation banking class. Rocket science is way way down on the list of priorities.

Volkodav's picture

Is it correct to say that US really had the greatest space program when it was relying on Russian Science, Technology and Manufacture?









Dr. Engali's picture

Key word there was had. We didn't always relly on the Russians.

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

I guess all of our nazi scientists died. Saddest fact of the space race was both sides relied on nazis.

Manipulism's picture

What about all the Usrael nazis?


Volkodav's picture

dup...there is that also

bad Germans

bad Russians

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

It's cool though. If you need to shave a micro-second off your stock transaction, we have plenty of geniuses to help you out. And if you need a genius to create a new messaging app. We have plenty of them too. Rocket scientists. Shit no! It doesn't pay enough.

TicoTiger's picture

How sad. Amerians used to dream about reaching the stars. Now they will only be able to look up at them during commercial breaks from whatever reality tv program they drool over. Meanwhile the Russians will be able to use their own rockets to colonize the moon.

Uncle Remus's picture

Now it's just dancing with the stars.

Seeing Red's picture

+1 for great wording!!  Houston, we have a vision problem ....