Russia ahead of U.S. in space rocket engine technology – Rogozin
Russia is ahead of the United States in the field of space rocket engine technology, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
"We are ahead of them in some areas, for instance in space rocket engine technology," Rogozin wrote on Facebook on Friday.
He also said that the press had misquoted his statement on Russia lagging behind the United States in space exploration.
"Incorrect quote. I said that, considering our 'ambitious' plans of labor productivity growth in the space industry, we will never catch up with the Americans by that parameter, by which we are nine-fold behind," the deputy prime minister said.
"But this absolutely does not mean that we are behind them [the United States] in every other aspect of space exploration," Rogozin said.
The deputy prime minister said at a meeting of the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry's board that Russia was behind the United States in the space industry.
"We are nine-fold behind the Americans in the space sector. Every ambitious project of ours shows that we should enlarge our productivity 1.5 times. We can raise it 1.5-fold, but there is no way we can ever catch up with them," Rogozin said at a meeting of the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry's board on Friday.
Unless Russian industries seek high productivity and fight bureaucracy, Russia will continue to "look at NASA and Elon Musk," he said.