Russia Threatens to Down International Space Station, Elon Musk Vows to Save It
SpaceX to rescue ISS after threats from Vladimir Putin's space chief
Elon Musk has declared that his American aerospace company SpaceX will save the International Space Station if Russia follows up on its threat to down it from orbit.
The tech entrepreneur responded after Russian President Vladimir Putin's space chief threatened to send the ISS into "an uncontrolled deorbit."
In a lengthy post on Twitter, Dimitry Rogozin warned that the space station would be sent plummetting to Earth and "fall into the United States & Europe."
"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.
"SpaceX," Musk replied.
Musk later confirmed that he was saying SpaceX will save the ISS.
"I think Elon is referring to this above," a Twitter user wrote after translating Rogozin's tweet to English from Russian.
"So Elon answered: SpaceX."
When the Twitter user asked the billionaire if this meant SpaceX would keep the ISS from falling onto Earth, Musk replied in the affirmative.
"Yes," Musk tweeted in response.
Yes— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2022
The head of Tesla and SpaceX also replied to another tweet, which depicted the ISS without the Russian segment, and a SpaceX Dragon attached in its place instead.
"Good thread," Musk tweeted in an apparent dig at Rogozin's long, threatening tweet.
Meanwhile, Musk has answered a plea from the vice prime minister of Ukraine who asked the tycoon to help the embattled nation with satellite internet access.
As Neon Nettle reported earlier, Musk has deployed his company SpaceX's Starlink satellite network to ensure Ukraine can still access the Internet as Russia attacks the country's infrastructure during the invasion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his forces to destroy the Internet network in Ukraine to stop locals, media, and government officials from communicating with the outside world during the attacks.
Musk answered a plea from Ukraine's vice prime minister who asked to help keep the country online with his satellite network.
"@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine!" Vice PM Mykhailo Fedorov wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
"While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!
"We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand."
On Saturday afternoon, Musk answered the call and said that he would be sending Starlink receivers to the country.
"Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route," Musk tweeted hours after the extraordinary request.