Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister said today that his country needs to expand its commercial space services and grab market share from the United States and Europe.


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The competition heats up: Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister said today that his country needs to expand its commercial space services and grab market share from the United States and Europe.

I wonder if these comments stem from a realization that — because Russia’s Proton rocket, its main commercial space product, is twice as expensive as SpaceX’s Falcon 9 — Russia faces a significant loss of business if it does not adapt.

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  • Kelly Starks

    More likely they rae seeing the US adn Europe have no capacity to meant their current needs – even ISS suply – from the other vendors (including SpaceX) so there is a market opportunity.

  • Chris Kirkendall

    In any case, it’s interesting that Russia, although ostensibly no longer “Communist”, still has vestges of the old system, but they are obviously responding to market forces, which is basically a Free-Market, Capitalist concept ! ! So in that sense, we should welcome them – competiton is a GOOD thing…

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