On paper, the Russian space sector has not trembled so much since the 2022 sanctions. The country has 22 takeoffs to its credit, the vast majority dedicated to the State, and no failures, which is remarkable. Soyuz is still there and just as reliable in its different versions. The Angara 1.2 rocket successfully completed its first two operational flights, and despite the delay, the program is also moving forward.
Despite everything, the country, closed in on itself, is already suffering from its new reputation. Thus, there is only one commercial takeoff scheduled after February 24 for Angola, no future income from engine sales, no new flights for orbital tourists or foreign powers (except Belarus) announced. Soyuz 5, in partnership with Kazakhstan, is late, the big Angara A5 hasn’t flown all year and the new launch site in Vostochny it’s not ready yet. With the ongoing conflict, the great transition that has begun towards new media seems increasingly directed only towards the interior of the country.
However, significant success has gone unnoticed. This is the small Skif-D satellite, a demonstration satellite of the connectivity part of the future Russian constellation Sfera.
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