Roscosmos has reduced the cost of launching one kilogram of payload into Earth orbit by the Soyuz-2 medium rocket by almost half, RIA Novosti reports.
“The cost of launching spacecraft in the 3U cubesat format (with sides of 10 by 10 by 30 centimeters) will be 170 thousand dollars. As part of the launch of microsatellites at the same missions, the company has already signed contracts with a number of customers at a price of 15 to 17 thousand dollars per kilogram, ”the state corporation notes.
The general director of "Roskosmos" Dmitry Rogozin explained the costs explained "work to reduce our enterprises non-production costs by 15 percent."
In August, SpaceX, an American company, announced a reduction in the base cost of group services for launching SmallSat microsatellites with a total weight of up to 150 kilograms in a solar-synchronous orbit with the Falcon 9 rocket to 2.25 million dollars.
In May, it was reported that the Angara-1.2 light rocket manufactured by the Khrunichev Center (Moscow) was more expensive than the medium carriers Soyuz-2.1a and Soyuz-2.1b produced by the Progress rocket and space (RCC) (Samara ) almost 700 million rubles.
In August 2017, it became known that out of 73 satellites launched on July 14, 2017 on the Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Fregat-M booster block (manufactured by the Semyon Lavochkin Khimki Research and Production Association), four did not reach communication, and two were in unplanned orbits.
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