>>11961170>Whatever happened to pic related?
It got cancelled due to Khrunichev collapsing. It has been razed to the ground by a gang of "top managers", in particular Komarov and Kalinovsky, under the excuse of moving the production from Moscow (an expensive city) to Omsk. Can you imagine what it's like to transfer the entire production cycle that worked like a clockwork, to another city? The result was predictable. To add insult to injury, they stole about a half of the govt bailout package Khrunichev got after this. I can write a lot about it but I doubt that anon in a spaceflight general is interested in Russian corruption schemes.
Kazakhstan, SpaceX, or anything else had little to do with it. (although it's true that Kazakhs complain about hypergolics a lot)>Also Angara is really cool
No, it's not. It's a rocket designed for 90s/early 2000s when everyone bought the modular meme, which turned out to be a, well, meme. It's a case of a superior launch system being replaced with an inferior one. Khrunichev is a perfect lobbyist, along with KAMAZ and Sukhoi, so they just got all the contracts while cockblocking others. It's fairly similar to Boing, just not that large and much more decayed after the disintegration of the country and the economy, and the following chaos in 90s.>What’s it like to be a Russian space fan? Do they cheer on SpaceX? Are they self aware to how shit Russian Space Bureacracy is?
No, of course not. We are all faceless communists and like seeing our program getting destroyed in the name of glorious Mother Russia. No, we don't know a thing about damn Americans, and wish them death. Heil Putin. Cheeki breeki, cyka blyat etc
We also got a spaceflight board on dvach since ~2012. It's slow but we actually tend to discuss spaceflight with less shitposting, as long as the board is not being infested by our /po/ltards. (thankfully, they have a short attention span)