The Russian Space Sector

Adaptation, Retrenchment, and Stagnation

Published in: Space & Defense, Volume 10, Number 1 (Spring 2017), pages 3-8

Posted on RAND.org on July 20, 2017

by Bruce McClintock

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Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia focused on its public space sector and consciously chose not to cultivate competitive, private space companies. Russia's overall space enterprise is now in systemic crisis due to multiple factors and, despite positive rhetoric from the government and with the partial exception of national security space capabilities, faces yet another generation of stagnation.

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