Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka expressed regrets about the fact that Russian cosmonaut crews have to use equipment developed back in the 1980s to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) whereas foreigners are launching commercial spacecraft and using robots aboard the ISS.
"Our partners have launched a rover on Mars. They are testing commercial spacecraft, Mars rovers, unique landing equipment. I would like that to also happen in Russia. We are waiting for it," Padalka told reporters after a post-flight press conference held in the Cosmonaut Training center in the Moscow region.
Padalka said the Russian space equipment is highly reliable and safe, but is obsolete and no significant modernization processes are observed.
"These technologies date back to the 1980s. Nothing has been done in the twenty years since the foundation of new Russia. We are using the achievements of the Soviet Union," Padalka, who has visited the ISS many times, said.
Speaking about the achievements of his U.S. and European colleagues, Padalka said he had seen a robot working on the ISS.
Responding to a question as to whether he wants to fly to the Moon and if there is a point in such a flight, Padalka said he would like to do so and believes there is a point in it. "Of course, there is a point in it and I would like to take part in it, but, unfortunately, it's unlikely due to my age," the cosmonaut said.
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