Space news #16: The Russian space industry rises
This week, Russia appointed itself the sheriff of space by creating the Aerospace Monitoring Force. Tasked with apprehending space criminals, the new force will use satellites to monitor for illegal activities, and enforce space traffic law. Performing daily orbital patrols, the AMF has at its disposal a refurbished Soyuz to chase down miscreants and even collect space litter. I wonder if the Soyuz will have blue flashing lights? It certainly won’t have a siren.
Unfortunately, the AMF have already missed out on their first bust with the Russian space command announcing that they’ve uncovered a satellite spy ring. Russia claims that the group of space satellites were made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory. My guess is that it’s a school project gone wrong.
Meanwhile, Russia has also announced the intention to engage the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). They’ve also discussed plans for a manned moon flight around 2030, which is a long way away. Finally, staying competitive, the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center has reported that the new eco-friendly Angara space launch vehicle will be cheaper to build.
All of these announcements are about the Russian space industry desire to “maintain leadership in space exploration“. Russia’s weak relations with the US have it acting like it’s the middle of the cold war when the two countries were trading space achievements instead of trading nuclear weapons. Today’s NASA is a shadow of its former self thanks to Congress’ relentless budget cuts. NASA excels at basic research, but doesn’t have the budget for flashy projects, especially long term ones. The real competitor for the Russian space industry is China and private companies like Space X who’s capabilities are rapidly catching up.
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