Roscosmos and NTI Held Conference on Development of Private Cosmonautics in Russia

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On January 27, 2022, Roscosmos State Corporation together with the Platform of the National Technology Initiative (NTI) held an online conference dedicated to the development of private cosmonautics and the implementation of the accompanying regulatory framework in Russia.

The event was attended by Sergey Prokhorov, director of the department for advanced programs and the Sphere project of the Roscosmos State Corporation, Vladislav Ivanenko, general director of the private space company Sputniks, Roman Zhits, head of the NTI Aeronet direction for private astronautics, as well as representatives of the Russian media.

During the media conference, the panelists discussed the current situation with the development of private cosmonautics in Russia, focusing on the need for joint efforts to form a market for private space service operators. To this end, proposals were made to amend the regulatory framework of the Russian Federation, aimed at supporting private companies working on the subject of space exploration, and creating special conditions for them to test units and certify final products.

Sergey Prokhorov spoke about the potential support that the launch of the Sphere project will provide to private cosmonautics: “In the future, Roskosmos will be interested in ordering launch services from private companies to replenish orbital constellations, since it plans to create multi-satellite systems of small spacecraft for communication and remote sensing Earth.”

Roman Zhits, head of the Aeronet branch of the NTI for private astronautics, noted that the first tests of a prototype of an ultralight rocket for launching small satellites into orbit could take place in 2026-2027 if appropriate funding is found. It is assumed that according to the results of the competition among private Russian developers, an ultralight rocket capable of launching a payload of about 250 kg into orbit will be created.