Elon Musk took the Russian Space Agency Chief’s statement to ti. Musk responded to Russia, which advised the USA to fly with a ‘broomstick’.
After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the crisis between the countries was carried into space. The head of the Russian Space Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, suggested that they would not sell rocket engines to the US, and suggested they fly “with Harry Potter’s broomstick”. However, the answer to this statement came from Elon Musk with SpaceX’s last rocket launch.
Musk’s space company SpaceX has launched 47 new Starlink satellites hours after Rogozin said they would not deliver their rocket engines to the US due to sanctions against Russia and that the US could use broomsticks to fly.
What did Elon Musk say about Russia’s space chief?
Roscosmos President Rogozin, speaking to Russian state television about the rocket engines, whose sale to the USA has been stopped, stated that they will not give the “best rocket engines in the world” to the USA. He also joked that the US could fly on a broomstick.
Disturbed by the Russian space chief’s statement, Musk responded with “American Broomstick” by adding four US flag emoji to the tweet featuring SpaceX’s latest launch.
But this isn’t the first time Musk has faced Rogozin. Previously, Rogozin had protested Musk’s aid to Ukraine by providing internet services through Starlink.
Rogozin said that Russia is protecting its own national interests and that Starlink and Elon Musk appeared out of nowhere. In response, Musk said, “Ukraine was experiencing strange interruptions in its internet connection, perhaps due to bad weather. “SpaceX is helping to fix that.”
The Russian space agency has begun to sever ties with other major space agencies. Roscosmos recently announced that it has terminated its cooperation with Germany for joint experiments planned to be carried out in the Russian compartment of the International Space Station.
Apart from Germany, Russia has announced that it is suspending its projects with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) in retaliation for sanctions imposed by both the US and European countries.