Manila, Philippines – SpaceX founder Elon Musk, after the first successful manned launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft from the Cape Canaveral spaceport in Florida, reminded Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin of his long-standing statement.
At a press conference after the launch, NASA Director James Braidenstein and Elon Musk were asked if they had received any messages from colleagues from Russia. Braidenstein replied that he had seen Rogozin’s congratulatory statement and said that “they believe in cooperation, and I think it will remain strong.”
After that, Musk said, “The trampoline is working,” and laughed, as did the head of NASA. Musk added, “It’s an inner joke.”
It was about Rogozin’s statement, which he made in 2014, after the US imposed sanctions against Russia for the annexation. Rogozin then tweeted that Russia might refuse to deliver American astronauts to the International Space Station in return, and advised them to use a trampoline to get to the station. However, Russia continued to send American and European astronauts to the International Space Station.
The Falcon 9 rocket with the Crew Dragon spacecraft and two astronauts on board took off from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 30 . The first stage of the rocket was successfully returned – it was landed on the floating platform by “Of Course I Still Love You” vessel in the Atlantic Ocean. The docking of the ship with the International Space Station should take place on Sunday May 31, 2020.