This is a very significant story especially as initial Russian attempts to
justify their technical failures included absurd stories, like that the
Americans were to blame and that their radars at Kwajalein radiated them. Russia
continues to fail to get its launch vehicle into space, most likely due to a
lack of technical rigor and cost cutting that's crippling the whole space
engineering discipline. The fact remains that space travel is darn
difficult, and without proper research dollars, it will continue to degrade. A
tough sell in a tough economy.
Who would have believed that the U.S. would no longer be able to launch people
into space? And that the Russians would be the only means to get to the ISS.
This mess is the result of Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43, and now Obama having
dropped the ball on a space program. Before retiring the Shuttle, there should
have been in place the new system. It's kind of like the idea of getting rid of
petroleum energy before "green energy" is ready to go, (if ever). The
short-sightedness of our leaders.....