RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Kislyakov, thinks that Russia should learn from the US on space funding.
However, the Russian space program revolves almost completely around the
ISS. According to Vitaly Lopota, CEO of the Rocket and Space Corporation
Energia, the project annually receives $600 million, or 50% of the national
According to Kislyokov, while the US is planning long range manned space missions:
NASA, which receives 14-fold greater state funding than Roscosmos, is still
in no hurry to finance manned and interplanetary missions, preferring to
implement cost-effective projects instead. Consequently, we could learn
something from the experience of our U.S. partner.
What do I take from that? If Russia wants to be a space powerhouse again, they need to spend more money.