Roscosmos launched a minimum number of spacecraft in its history in 2020
Missed the boat
The Russian Federal Space Agency “Roscosmos” carried out only 17 space vehicle launches. This is the least number of launches throughout the history of the Russian space research and exploration industry, RIA Novosti reports.
The information provided is corroborated by the official statistics of “Roscosmos”. Thus, the Russian space astronautics in 2020 more than twice lagged behind the Chinese (39 launches) and American (44 launches) “partners”. Russian space industry continues to deteriorate increasingly.
Dmitry Rogozin, Chief Executive Officer of the State Corporation “Roscosmos”, has stated earlier that the number of launches in 2020 would be less than planned. He attributed that to the fact that 9 launches were disrupted due to the pandemic and bankruptcy of OneWeb, the main customer of the Russian commercial launching.
Apparently, there have been other priorities established for “Roscosmos” all these years. The number of launches has been steadily declining, and the corporation was preoccupied with appropriating the symbols of the Soviet space era: registering the “Let’s Go” trademark.
It took the Soviet Union forty years from when it was founded until it put a man into space, having turned a backward agriculture-based country into a space and nuclear superpower.
It took modern-day Russia thirty years to turn the best space astronautic industry in the world into a mediocre one.
There is no doubt that if the “negative growth” rates continue, outer space research and development will soon be closed to us. It’s about time responsible politicians gave this some serious thought.