Private space exploration is related to not only Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos. Russia has its own major players and small companies focusing on the space industry, RBK reports.
In particular, on April 17, S7 Group (Russia’s first commercial company providing a full range of space launching services) acquired the Sea Launch spaceport. Its last rocket launch was conducted in 2014. The low intensity of launches made the spaceport stop their operations. According to Sergey Sopov, the CEO of S7 Group and a participant of Space Forum 2018, the spaceport purchase is the company’s entrance ticket to the space.
Besides, Russia started the Breakthrough Initiatives program at a cost of $100 million under the patronage of technological investor Yuri Milner in 2015. It is aimed at finding extraterrestrial life and bringing the robot to the Alpha Centauri system within 20 years.
Near Voronezh, two entrepreneurs – Viktor Chernikov and Nikolay Dzis-Voynarovskiy – are constructing Russia’s first private space manufacturing factory to produce ultralight rockets. It is planned that the territory will include a construction office, a production hangar, and a separate building for testing a new liquid rocket engine.
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