DocM Posted December 29, 2015 Author Share Posted December 29, 2015 (edited) The Russian space program has been in disarray for many years, suffering numerous launch and spacecraft failures since 2009-2010 - mostly due to mind-numbing poor quality control or mission planning, and often corruption. Dating from the breakup of the Soviet Union, it's depended on funding from international collaborations (ISS module construction & launches, crew transit seats, Apollo-Soyuz etc) and US rocket engine sales (since the 1990's) to keep their lights on and stopping their engineers from going to Iran, North Korea etc. Also funding from satellite launches, but now SpaceX, India and China have taken most of Russia's former share of that market - SpaceX alone splitting the bulk of major new launch contracts with Arianespace. Its been a tough run for them, and the Russian government has only recently started to re-fund important parts of their program. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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