Elon Musk has vowed that he will thwart any attempt by the Russian government to send the International Space Station (ISS) hurtling toward Earth during an uncontrolled deorbit. The CEO and Chief Engineer of SpaceX made the promise after the head of Russia’s space agency warned it could crash into the US or Europe.
Dmitry Rogozin, the chief of Russia’s space corporation, Roscosmos claimed that it’s his country’s expertise that’s keeping the ISS in orbit. As a result, he suggested that sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine could lead to a catastrophe involving ISS.
“If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled deorbit and fall into the United States and Europe?” Rogozin tweeted on Friday.
“There is also the option of dropping a 500-ton structure [the ISS] to India and China. Do you want to threaten them with such a prospect? The ISS does not fly over Russia, so all the risks are yours. Are you ready for them?,” Russia’s space chief also asked on the social media platform.
In respond, Musk tweeted his vow that SpaceX would save the ISS from falling to Earth. While NASA has stated that nothing’s changing with respect to ISS operations, but if it does, America’s aeronautics and space administration can rely on SpaceX for space exploration and aid, as it has in the past.
Following Russia’s military action against Ukraine last week, NASA said it would “make every effort to continue as before … [despite] disagreements between our countries.”