In a thousand ways, large and small, everyday I see the damage wrought by Putin’s disastrous decision to go into Ukraine and the long-range implications on the Russian economy and it makes me very sad.
Of course, I’m an American, I love America and I think it’s great these wonderful companies below will get all this money to make these new engines and yes it will ignite another whole new industry in America and yes it will help us for decades to have dominance in this high-tech frontier economy area — but still, I’m sad.
I’m sad because space exploration and the combination of the Russian and American space programs — was — in my tiny opinion, the possible building block for something great between the great people’s of Russia and America.
Now, tragically, I see that disappearing and like many dreams, I’ve had, I miss it.
This is just a tidbit from Bloomberg, but please read all the subtext, we were using Russian engines and cooperating with the Russians widely throughout our space program and now read this.
“(Bloomberg) — The U.S. Air Force has crafted a strategy for military satellite launches that would end its dependence on Russian-built engines and culminate in a competition for as many as 28 missions, the service’s purchasing chief said.”
Two companies are going to get $220M to accelerate into production new technologies for rocket engines that we’ve been working on — to replace Russian engines we were going to use.
Great for America, no doubt; necessary no doubt, but a crying shame for the direction of humanity nevertheless and it brings a tear to my eye for the poor Russians; slaves to their autocratic rulers for generations and now – on the dawn of new era economically – suddenly slaves to another Czar.
Putin, I want you to know, it brings tears to my eyes that we’re making these engines, tears to my eyes.