EDITORIAL: Look, up in the Sky! It’s Super Russia!


Look, up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Super Russia!

Of all the ridiculous, asinine “ideas” to emerge from the fetid wasteland that is neo-Soviet Russia (floating nuclear power stations, building islands in the Black Sea, colonizing Mars, walking on the Moon, etc.) surely the most side-splittingly ludicrous of them all is the Kremlin’s “plan” to “save the Earth” from a killer asteroid by blasting it with a Russian-made missile.

Now get this:  If you type “bulava failure” into Google, you get over 100,000 hits as the world has gaped slack-jawed at Russia’s total in ability to launch a missle from a submarine, much less hit anything ten feet away.  Yet the Kremlin thinks it can shoot a missile hundreds of thousands of miles into deep space and knock a tiny asteroid off course, saving our planet from devastation?

And it thinks itself capable of determining that the asteroid is going to hit the Earth, even though the Americans see the chances as no better than three in a million?

And meanwhile, it will divert millions of dollars, perhaps billions, towards this insane project and away from others like making Russia’s highways and homes, decimated by collisions and fires, more safe?

What kind of country could even conceive of such a notion as this, much less manage to speak about it publicly?

Well, Russia. That kind of country. An ostrich country, with its head shoved so deep and tight into the sands of ignorance and blindness that it has no idea, like the infamous Emperor with his “new clothes,” how utterly ridiculous it appears before the world.

But perhaps what’s most disturbing about this ridiculous sham is the raw contempt it reveals for the people of Russia.  Does the Kremlin really believe it governs such mindless cattle as could be duped by a stunt so utterly insane?

And more disturbing still:  Could the Kremlin be right?

19 responses to “EDITORIAL: Look, up in the Sky! It’s Super Russia!

  1. I lived in Russia for 15 years and this is typical of Russia.
    A completely pie in the sky initiative that has zero chance of success.
    Other initiatives I have seen over the past decade
    1. High speed railway from Moscow to St Petersburg
    2. New freeway/motorway from Moscow to St Petersburg
    3. New computer chip to compete with Intel
    4. New Russian designed car to be competitive with imports
    5. Russian GPS system
    6. New terminal at Sheremetevo
    7. Russian mission to Mars
    8. And numerous other grandiose projects

    And any result???

    t is a Slavic “kartofel” republic, a failed and dying country…..

  2. See here:
    Sabotage behind Bulava failure?
    Russian security services do not exclude that the Bulava missile have been subject to sabotage, RIA Novosti reports. ”


    It was all saboteurs and “enemies of the people”, as usual! ;)

    • Well… surely it was Saakashvili and his American firends from CIA… (Who else? You can’t blame Russia for being a moroniya of the XXI century…)

  3. It`s super Russia + super China+super Iran= SUPER POWER which will be the main force of the future. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/LA08Ag01.html

    • A “superpower” like Russia, that can’t even maintain infrastructure like a hydro electric dam?

      A “superpower” like Russia that can’t even make a working sub launched missile?


  4. There and old saying “The bigger the lie the more believable it becomes” This ludicrous Russian “whopper” falls into this category.

    Let’s get realistic here; Russia does not have the technical knowhow for such a project. And more importantly could not fund it. Look what happened with Russia’s space project. After the fall of the soviet union if the USA had not stepped in to fund it the scientist and technicians would have found themselves unemployed and like most educated Russians they would have been scattered to the four corners of the earth leaving Russia completely out of space exploration projects forever.

    Putin as usually is “writing cheques his ass can’t cash”.

  5. Another Big Russian Project doomed to fail!!

    “Putin Aims to Halve Drinking in 10 Years ”



    This may statistically be possible, as half the population may be dead by then!!

    • Prime President Rasputin for once has an idea that might save Mother Russia and her Western-opressed knees.

      Of course Nick II had a similar idea and in few years his Russian Empire was no more (and some of his former subjects even shot him up together with his entire family).

      Heck, even his little well-meant (as opposed to organizing pogroms of Jews and other such hobbies) stunt to promote himself and at once drinking beer instead of vodka resulted in the death of massive number of people (Khodynka Tragedy).

      And then Gorbachov tried to limit drinking too, and in few years his Soviet Union was no more as well. Coincidence?

      Oh, they even noticed this:

      “The paper argues that the rise was possible because of a lack of a coherent ­government policy. They point to the fact that between 1914 and 1917 Russians consumed only 0.83 liters per capita.

      During those years, a ban on alcohol introduced by Tsar Nicholas II was in force.”


  6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Columbia_disaster

    The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, with the loss of all seven crew members

    Space Shuttle flight operations were delayed for two years by the disaster, similar to the Challenger disaster. For 29 months the station relied entirely on the Russian Federal Space Agency for resupply and crew rotation



    The US Has No Option But To Use Russia’s Soyuz Craft

    After 2010, the United States will likely be unable to deliver its astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on its own. For several years Russia’s Soyuz craft will remain the only vehicle available to do that, and the U.S. may find it hard to do without Russian cooperation.

    The American concern has not a leg to stand on: Russia has always been noted for the scrupulous observance of its commitments. It never broke them even during the Cold War.

    If worst comes to worst, Russia and the European Space Agency could together run the ISS without American participation. Aside from Russia’s facilities for transporting astronauts and supplies to the station, the European Automated Transfer Vehicle – Advanced Return Vehicle (ATV-ARV) system could chip in. Russia and the ESA are also working jointly on a manned transport system expected to be developed by 2015.

    According to Vladimir Solovyov, flight director for the Russian segment, ISS systems are already capable of supporting a six-member crew, and in the future with new Russian modules, of bringing it to 10-member strength.

    • Hi Phobophobe/Ostap Bender/Michael Tal!

      How are your trips to the thriving alternate lifestyle scene in Moscow going?

    • Of course I sincerely hope you don’t get your head bashed in like those poor unfortunates who were protesting for equal rights just before Russia hosted eurovision, seems OMON does not approve.

  7. Arthur Russia would not even have a space programme if the USA had not fully funded it during the 1990’s and even now the mighty USA still pays most of your Russian bills .

    So Arthur old chap, your pomposity is sadly in vain.

    • Yes, USA pays for Russian space services, like taking them to the Interantional Space Staion.

      But Russia pays $billions annually for US-made computers and $millions for Andrew’s New Zealand’s lamb.

      Why? Because Russia is tops in space research&development, USA – in computer research&development, and New Zealand is tops in sheep shepherding. To each – his own.

      • Actually Arthur/Michael Tall/Phobodunce/Bender, Russia is NOT tops in space research and development, but it is good at producing cheap rockets of a old but proven design.

        Russia is NOT good at producing anything new, look at its feeble (and I mean FEEBLE) attempt to produce a satellite navigation system, it is lightyears behind the US GPS system and the system the EU is developing.

        And as for your retarded statements about the space shuttle, well the fact is that it was a remarkeable achievement, a system that was used multiple times and survived the stress of launch and recovery over a long period, as opposed to the one shot use and discard Russian rockets.

        Russians are however tops in racism, genocide, alchohol abuse, physical violence against women, mass murder and ethnic cleansing, and the support of repressive regimes…..

      • And when was the last time Russia produced anything remotely comparable to the Hubble telescope, or the mars explorer, or the recent british satellite that will map the earths gravitational field, or did anything resembling REAL research in space?

        • Russian military jet disappears on training flight
          Yesterday at 13:30 | Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A military spokesman says that a Russian fighter jet has disappeared while on a training mission in the country’s far east.

          Col. Alexei Kuznetsov says the Su-27 fighter jet has taken off from an air base near the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur.

          He said on Rossiya-24 television that the jet went off the radar screensJan. 14while it was 30 kilometers (20 miles) away from the base.

          Kuznetsov said rescue helicopters were searching for the plane and its pilot, but added that darkness complicated the effort. Most Russian helicopters lack equipment for flying at night.


  8. And although some journalists in late 2005 had written that “it’s all but official – Russian and Europe will soon embark on a cooperative effort to build a next-generation manned [spacecraft]”, significant skepticism remained even then. ‘This decision is totally dependent on the ESA ministerial conference set for early December [2005],” an experienced French journalist advised me privately. “This decision is far from being favorable for a cooperation for Klipper,” he predicted – correctly, as it turned out.
    Led by German space officials, he reported, both officials and the European public has lost all enthusiasm for human space flight in general. “When the Russian officials are declaring they are sure ESA will join,” he explained, “it is a very bad miscalculation and it could easily be counterproductive.” He concluded: “On ne vend pas la peau de l’ours avant de l’avoir tué” — “One doesn’t sell the bear skin before killing the bear.”
    As the cynics predicted, the December meeting came and went without any European commitment to fund the Russian project. By early this year [2006], when Moscow was supposed to announce the results of a design competition for Kliper between several top Russian space bureaus, the scheduled decision was suddenly deferred indefinitely –the project is literally still not even on the drawing boards.
    One bearskin that the Russians HAVE sold is their new launch site for upgraded Soyuz boosters in Kourou, French Guyana. As part of a commercialization agreement for small and medium sized communications satellite launches, the Europeans will pay for the construction of the launch pad and will purchase booster and payload handling hardware from Moscow. While it is also feasible to launch manned vehicles (Soyuz and Kliper) from Kourou, any decision to do so would involve more European payments to Russia for the appropriate hardware.
    Another profitable program will be the manufacture of Soyuz spacecraft, for support of larger crews aboard the ISS. Now that the United States has changed its law about funding Russian space industries, it will begin sending Russia enough money to double the production rate of these vehicles from two to four per year. Perhaps this new business agreement contributed to the Russian decision to forget about the ‘Kliper’ replacement vehicle for at least the next few years.
    Another proposed Russian space vehicle that deserves more attention, and more non-Russian financial support, is called ‘PAROM’, the Russian word for ferryboat. Based on modified hardware from current systems, it would be a vehicle that attaches to any cargo launched into a low orbit, and the pushes that cargo over to the space station for attachment to it. The cargo can be supply canisters, or fuel tanks, or new science modules. The Parom vehicle can be refuelled and reused for many years — if it is ever built. And it only will be built if foreign users come up with the money.
    An authentic evaluation of Russia’s actual space program situation – its strengths and shortcomings – is essential to charting US-Russian relationships in the future of the International Space Station (which could continue for decades) and in Russian roles in the ‘Vision for Space Exploration’ as an integrated partner, as a subsidiary contractor, or as a stand-alone supplement.
    First, it’s clear the Russians can make good space hardware – as of today. To a large degree, it is the same type of space hardware they have been making for decades – and by “they”, I mean the very same people doing it over and over again.
    But potential Western space partners need to insist on much more intimate insight into staffing trends at any Russian space facility they will be funding. The generational handover that has yet to begin in earnest cannot be put off much longer unless Moscow invents an immortality serum for its veteran engineers.
    Second, it’s clear Russia is irremediably addicted to foreign funding for all significant improvements to its space capabilities. There are really very few potential foreign clients with deep enough pockets to play this role, so they – not the Russians – usually hold the better hand (and the game is a lot more like poker than chess).


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