Russia Lining Up Satellite Launch Deals With Egypt, Vietnam, South Africa
08:11 27.04.2023 (Updated: 10:48 03.08.2023)
© RoscosmosIn this handout photo released by the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, the Proton-M carrier rocket carrying the communications satellite AngoSat-2, a joint space project of Russia and Angola, is transported to a launchpad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use. Date taken: 09.10.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has satellite launch contracts in the pipeline with countries in Europe, Asia and Africa and will not let itself become isolated, the head of the Roscosmos state space corporation said Wednesday.
"Countries like Algeria, Myanmar, Vietnam, Egypt and South Africa are working with us on different contracts to launch satellites, which we will design and put into orbit," Yuri Borisov said at an educational event in Moscow.
Borisov said this proved that the United States and the Group of Seven could not isolate the Russian space industry. He added that space exploration should not be politicized.
"Cooperation with all countries that can and want to work with us should be enhanced. We are not alone. Our colleagues from Asia, Africa and some countries in Europe are ready to work with us. We will not isolate ourselves," he said.
Roscosmos plans to build out national satellite constellations by producing 250–300 satellites a year by 2025 and a satellite a day by 2030. Borisov said satellite communication would underpin Russia’s economic growth and improve digital services.
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The Russian space chief also warned that defunct satellites littering the Earth's lower orbit would pose an even greater threat to space travel in the coming years. He estimated that over 7,500 active satellites are currently orbiting the Earth, and their number may rise by a factor of 10 by 2025.