Elon Musk Invites Family Of Famed
Soviet Rocket Scientist To Tour SpaceX
July 13, 2020
Elon Musk, the American entrepreneur and founder of aerospace company
SpaceX, has invited the family of famed Soviet rocket scientist Sergei
Korolev to visit his operations in the United States.
Musk tweeted on July 10 that he had spoken with the Korolev family,
adding that the Soviet scientist was “one of the very best” in his
Andrei Korolev, the grandson of the scientist, told Russian media on
July 11 that the family had written to Musk shortly after the successful
launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship to the International Space
Station at the end of May.
The launch ended Russia’s decade-long monopoly on travel to the space
station and was the first by a private company.
Musk later spoke with the Korolev family for about 20 minutes via
videoconference, Andrei Korolev said.
Andrei Korolyev said Musk invited the family to visit his SpaceX factory
and observe a space launch once coronavirus travel restrictions have
In an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets on May 31, the day after the
Dragon Crew launch, Andrei Korolev said he was “very happy” for Musk and
SpaceX and “proud” of the American's achievement.
He said at the time that Russia should also allow private aerospace
companies to be involved in all aspects of the industry and not leave
everything to the control of Roskosmos, the state space agency.
the same interview, he criticized Roskosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin for
saying in 2014 that the United States should use a trampoline to reach
the International Space Station. Rogozin made the comments after
Washington imposed sanctions on him.
“Everyone who read and saw that was embarrassed,” Andrei Korolev told
Following the successful launch of the Crew Dragon, Musk, in a troll of
Rogozin, retorted that “the trampoline is working.”
Sergei Korolev, the father of the Soviet space program, was largely
responsible for the launch of Sputnik, the world's first satellite.
Andrei Korolev, who lives in Moscow, is a professor and medical doctor
focusing on sports injuries.