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Sea Launch project crushed by Putin government

Nice launch platform you got there. Be a shame is something happened to it: S7, the Russian company that had purchased and moved the Sea Launch platform from California to Russian, now says it is suspending operations because of the high costs imposed upon it by the Russian government.

The sale of Sea Launch to S7 Group closed in April 2018, but only in recent months had the company taken steps to move the ships from Long Beach to Russia. In February, the launch platform, Odyssey, was loaded onto a cargo ship that transported it to Russia, while the command ship sailed on its own.

In the interview, Filev appeared to regret moving the ships to Russia. He said he had been told that the costs of basing the ships in Russia would be no higher than what they had been in California. Instead, he said the cost was “twice as worse” in Russia.

S7 had claimed it hoped to do as many as 70 launches over the next 15 years, but it has no launch vehicle other than ones that the Russian government controls and allows it to use. It thus appears that the Putin government is moving to push S7 out of the deal so the government can take over.

Very typical for the corrupt, mob-inspired government in Putin’s Russia. There, you do not start your own company that might compete with the powers-that-be. Instead, anything you accomplish will taken by them for their own benefit.

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3 comments

  • Col Beausabre

    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

  • I didn’t see anything in the article that mention Putin or the Russian government. I would point to Space X, it’s caused the Russians to drop the price they charge to bring supply’s and crew to the space station. When the Space X crew capsule starts service it might just ruin not only the Russian space program but could also affect many other launch company’s around the world.
    I’m not a business adviser but it looks like S7 made some bad decisions.

  • Edward

    Charles wrote: “I’m not a business adviser but it looks like S7 made some bad decisions.

    Like deciding to trust the Russians to be honest about the costs of basing the ships in Russia.

    I certainly hope that it is not too late to move them back or to find a less expensive port. Now, if only they can find a rocket to launch from their platform.

    I always thought that Sea Launch had the right idea, being able to move the pad to the optimal latitude for each launch.

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