Rogozin Seems to Throw in Towel on Launchers

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

Well, this is interesting.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin believes that Russia should by no means seek competition with Elon Musk and his company SpaceX on the market of launch vehicles, because this segment constitutes a tiny 4% of the overall market of space services.

“The share of launch vehicles is as small as 4% percent of the overall market of space services. The 4% stake isn’t worth the effort to try to elbow Musk and China aside,” Rogozin said in an interview on the RBC-TV channel on Tuesday.

TASS also reports that Rogozin believes that Russia should concentrate on satellite manufacturing, which is where the real money is. That raises the question, how good exactly are the Russians at building satellites? Do they have the technology and skilled workers to compete?

I guess we’ll find out.

  • Mr Snarky Answer

    Yes, it was the original plan for the Space Shuttle (alcohol RCS) until they got into budget and schedule hell and decided to hack up the Apollo system instead.

    https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19950002757.pdf

    Been on NASA’s talk the talk but can’t walk the walk list for many years.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Keep in mind that a number of industries have only two major players. Airbus and Boeing for one. EMD and GE for diesel locomotives. Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola for soft drinks. General Mills (Post) and Kelloggs in the cereal industry. In all of these economies of scale is a factor. I would expect the launch industry to have problems with only two manufacturers of vehicles. As long as the have a good rivalry between them it should be good for those needing launch services.

  • publiusr

    “SpaceX has been worth as much as an all out assault by up to half of the old Strategic Air Command.”

    Abd Curtis LeMay just turned in his grave.

    Sad thing here–the USAF and small minded folks (now at ULA) has also done as much damage to our space capability–they killed the Saturns, foisted segmented solids, etc.

    Hmmm, I need to write a sequel to Niven’s The Return of William Proxmire–where someone goes back in time and kills LeMay.and gives computer patents to Medaris of the ABMA–and he becomes Bill Gates.