Russia Space and Europe

Florian Vidal


With the advent of New Space, Russia is engaged in a race against time to preserve one of its major industrial assets. In recent decades, the country has managed the space sector like a rental business, whereby it has long enjoyed a quasi-monopoly situation in relation to low-orbit launchers, thanks to the Soyuz rocket. While Russia perceives the space sector as an instrument of power, its industry is essentially based on obsolete organization and infrastructure.