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S7 now in “negotiations” to sell Sea Launch to Russian government

Nice launch platform you got here. Be a shame if something happened to it: The private Russian airline company S7 is now in “negotiations” to sell the Sea Launch floating rocket launchpad to one of the Russian government’s state corporations, because it appears the Russian government is imposing such high fees on its operation the company can’t make a profit.

The second source confirmed the information, adding that “given the condition of the platform and the commander ship following the US side’s removal of equipment, and in connection with the need to create coastal infrastructure from scratch, costs of implementing the project are estimated as high.”

“Considering financial losses sustained as a result of the pandemic, a private company simply has no money to do that,” he added.

Previously the company had suspended operations because the Russian government had suddenly increased drastically the fees it was charging the company. I said then that this was simply a power play by that corrupt government to grab control of the launch platform. It appears now that this mob-like grab is succeeding.

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2 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    I wrote this back in April, “How much ya wanna bet that we next hear that Putin’s goons have “confiscated the ship for back taxes unpaid” then that it has been sold at a fire sale price to some oligarch” Unfortunately it doesn’t take much to predict how things will work out in the pseudo-Czar’s “New Russia”

  • MarcusZ1967

    Mafia gonna Mafia.

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