From: RSC Energia
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2000
Last week there have been reports in the media alleging that US company SpaceHab Inc. had acquired from its partner, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, exclusive rights "to use the Russian space program film archives".
On April 12 this was reported by radio station "Ekho Moskvy", on April 13 in newspaper "Segodnya" No.81 in an article "Space Deal" by I.Sas, and in newspaper "Nezavisimaya gazeta" in an article "Energia has pawned its archive" by I.Safronov, on April 14 in newspaper "Vedomosty" in an article "Space TV built by SpaceHab with the help of RSC Energia", and in some other mass media.
Normally, our Corporation does not make any comments about articles by newsmen who use unreliable information. However, in the case of the misinformation about the sale or archives that was discussed in the Russian mass media, what is called in question is not only the honesty of Corporation's strategic partners from abroad, but also the position of our team, who is a pioneer in the development of the domestic rocketry, in the world's space science, and in virtually all the areas of their development, which is unvarying in its steadfast resolve to protect the interests of the Russian space science and to integrate it into international projects on equal footing.
Throughout more than half a century of its history, our team, together with the teams of our subcontractors, have always been proving with their deeds the highest level of domestic designs, and even under the most difficult conditions of economic reforms have never been pursuing and does not pursue its own selfish departmental ends. This fact is well known to everyone who cooperates with us.
Therefore, our partner was genuinely surprise at the publications in the Russian mass media. In this context, Vice-President of SpaceHab Inc. V. Fishel sent a letter to Yu.P. Semenov, President and Designer General of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.
Below we give you a textual extract from that letter:
"Recently, the Russian press published information alleging that SpaceHab Inc. bought RSC Energia's space archives. Unfortunately, newsmen have amazing ability to invent all kinds of misleading stories. Since I am personally involved in this matter, I would like to repudiate this information and express my regrets at the degree to which facts can be distorted. I would like to assure you, and, in your person, Rosaviacosmos, that we never held any negotiations, either at RSC Energia or anywhere else, about any purchase of space archives from RSC Energia. Any reports of that kind are a complete misrepresentation of facts."
An analysis of available materials has shown that all the uproar about the archives arose as a result of misinterpretations of some of the comments that appeared in press outside Russia in connection with the establishment of the first commercial space corporation for mutimedia products Space Media, Inc. (SMI), a subsidiary of SpaceHab, Inc.
At present, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia is studying, together with its partners from abroad, the degree of its participation in this sphere of space activities as well, since the implementation of such an international project will allow to give the world community a true-to-life and objective account of the history of the Russian space science and its outstanding achievements. Our Corporation is ready to work and will work in the future on the development of advanced telecommunications technologies, including the use of multimedia capabilities of the Enterprise module built together with SpaceHab, Inc. within the framework of the International Space Station project.
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