Russian Space Consolidation Focused on Component Suppliers

Oleg_Ostapenko (Credit: www.kremlin.ru)
Oleg_Ostapenko (Credit: www.kremlin.ru)

It looks as though the restructuring of the Russian space sector is less comprehensive than it had earlier seemed. It appears that the major companies, such as Energia, TsSKB Progress and Khrunichev, will not be affected by the consolidation.

The move, which primarily will affect subcontractors and component suppliers, comes in the wake of reliability issues with Russia’s workhorse Proton rocket, which failed spectacularly in a July 1 mission. But the connection between the two is not clear.

The appointment of a new leader at the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, along with an updated definition of the agency’s role, was an initial step in the restructuring. In appointing Oleg Ostapenko, a former commander of the Russian Space Forces, as the new director-general of Roscosmos Oct. 10, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev discussed some of the forthcoming changes….

Under a presidential decree proposed by Medvedev’s deputy in charge of space, Dmitry Rogozin, the state will fold scores of space hardware developers and manufacturers into a single company called United Rocket and Space Corp….

The key goal, Rogozin said, is to diminish the reliance on imported equipment by spurring research and development….

The consolidation is not expected to affect Russia’s large prime contractors, such as the Khrunichev Space Center, RSC Energia, TsSKB Progress and Lavochkin, according to Yury Karash, a space industry expert in Moscow.

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