The space report 2022, astronauts and rockets, like it was raining

On paper, the Russian space sector has not shaken much from the sanctions in 2022. The country has 22 launches to its credit, the vast majority allocated to the state, and no failures, which is remarkable. The Soyuz is still there and just as reliable in its various versions. The Angara 1.2 rocket has successfully completed its first two operational flights, and despite the delay, the program is also progressing.

Despite everything, the country, closed in on itself, is already suffering from its new reputation. Thus, there is only one commercial launch scheduled after February 24 to Angola, no future revenue from engine sales, no new flights announced for orbital tourists or foreign powers (except Belarus). Soyuz 5, in cooperation with Kazakhstan, is delayed, the big Angara A5 has not flown all year, and the new launch site in Vostochny is not ready yet. With the ongoing conflict, the major shift towards new means seems increasingly to be aimed exclusively at the interior of the country.

However, a significant success has gone under the radar. It is the small Skif-D satellite, a demonstration satellite of the link part of the future Russian Sfera constellation.

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