Putin Approves Roscosmos Reorganization as Officials Eye Export Sales to China

Roscosmos_logoRussian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to consolidate the nation’s space industry under the control of a revamped Roscosmos as officials eye export sales to China as a way to offset budget cuts in the nation’s space program.

The law will combine the United Rocket and Space Corporation with Roscosmos, which will become a state corporation. The new company will be led by former auto industry executive Igor Komarov.

Government officials have criticized the failure-prone Russian space industry as being bloated and inefficient.  The nation’s dominance in the launch sector is facing a significant challenge from U.S.-based SpaceX. The re-nationalization of the industry is designed to address these problems.

Komarov said Roscosmos wants to increase exports in order to offset cuts that have been made in federal expenditures due to Russia’s deep economic problems.

“One of the state corporation’s goals that was set by the government was the decrease of budget expenditures by increasing export potential of space production. We are now working on export that will allow us to decrease budget expenditures in reforming the industry,” Komarov said.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Russia is in talks with China about a range of products and services, including those useful in China’s efforts to explore the moon.

“We are talking about urgently preparing the most complex intergovernmental agreements that will outline the issue of maintaining Russia’s intellectual property on most high-technology production which will be sold in China. These are, first of all, rocket engines. China displays great interest in this issue,” Rogozin said.

The export sales could involve rocket engines. Due to deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, United Launch Alliance has been ordered to phase out the use of Russian RD-180 engines in its Atlas V booster.

Russian and Chinese officials also are discussing the possible sale of Sea Launch, which is majority owned by the RSC Energia. The company launches Zenit-3SL rockets from an ocean-going platform that is towed to the equator.

The floating platform and command ship are docked in Long Beach, Calif.  Under a deal, they would be moved to a Chinese port.

A sale to China would need to traverse a minefield of regulatory and political issues in Russia, China and the United States. Sea Launch is headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, but its home port is Long Beach, California.

The Sea Launch Zenit-3SL rocket is built by state-owned Ukrainian and Russian manufacturers, with Boeing acting as the company’s original prime contractor. Sorting out the effects of U.S. technology-transfer restrictions relating to satellite and rocket hardware – the International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) regime – would be complicated, officials said.

The situation likely would not be simple in China, either, where the Chinese Long March rocket family has demonstrated a reliable track record based almost exclusively on China’s domestic demand. China is denied access to most of the commercial market because ITAR rules forbid any U.S. satellite parts from being exported to China.

How far ITAR would reach into the operations of a mainly Russian-Ukrainian vehicle launched from international waters under Chinese ownership is unknown.

Sea Launch has struggled throughout its history with low sales and a number of high-profile failures. The company is currently on a hiatus between launches.

  • Dave Huntsman

    It’s interesting to note that, even since Crimea, the sale of new Russian rocket engines funded by the US/West is actually increasing, what with the massive order for new Soyuz rockets from OneWeb, and Orbital ATK going with brand new Russian engines for Antares rather than ones 40 years old.

  • Kapitalist

    Oh, no one cares about Crimea. Everyone thought it already was Russian anyway. Don’t be confused by the media hype about that non-event.

  • Paul_Scutts

    As if right on cue, Russia, China and India are aligning themselves to supply the space tech for the third conglomerate that will ultimately attempt to exploit “off Earth” valuable resources within the next couple of decades.

  • windbourne

    I agree with you about Crimea, but Crimea is different than what Russia is doing in Ukraine.

  • windbourne

    ???
    How exactly is India part of China’s efforts?
    They were just invaded by China. India has a LONG history with them, whereby China has forced their will on India many many times.
    Even now, they have built a number of new diversionary dams on major rivers while trying to deny that they were doing it.

    India wants as little as possible to do with China.

  • Paul_Scutts

    Ordinarily, I would agree with you, Windbourne, but in these cases business trumps politics. I am talking about global business conglomerates and where they will acquire their working space tech. Just like the US and Russia, whilst not seeing eye to eye over Ukraine idealogocally, still co-operate with the use of the ISS and RD-180 engine sales etc..

  • Mr Rustles

    Let them sell their tech to China. Russia is a waning power. The US commercial space industry will recover from its misfortunes.

  • Snofru Chufu

    More important is what USA is doing in Ukraine as an aggression towards Russia. The last one helps to defend Russian speaking people in Est-Ukraine to survive in context with the genocide applied by Ukrainian regime.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Just the opposite is right. US is on way down. The high US-standard in defense and space, paid by debt, is somewhat misguiding and does not apply to the rest of your country.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    What specifically did the US do? And don’t claim handing out food in the Maidan, Pizza Hut gave out food at the White House in Aug 91. Since it’s obvious you’re a Russo-phile, I’m really interested in hearing the specifics of your take on events. What I mean is what actions did the US take in teh Maidan crisis that if they were not taken Ukraine would now be in the Customs Union with Russia?

  • Kapitalist

    Well, to some moderate degree. But it is nothing at all as the imperial US invasions of countries on the far side of the globe. Which have all failed humiliatingly and have defeated the US to total retreat in panic. Chased away by the unarmed analphabetic tribes which the US government officially tried to besiege, but ended up arming and financing. The result of the decades long wars on the irrelevant other side of the globe, has not only made the US look extremely weak and vulnerable and useless, it has also fed their worst enemies have grown in force thanks to the US foreign policy.

    A historic failure if there was ever was one.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    So … even after your insistence that we live in a world where launch vehicles no longer fail, you still have such confidence in your over arching stances. For instance “Oh, no one cares are Crimea.”. You obviously don’t understand Ukrainian nationalism or it’s ideals, or their narrative of the history of the region. The US failure in the Middle East is epic, and ongoing. But just as the USSR going away did not put an end to Russian imperialism, GW Bush’s adventure in Iraq is not going to put an end to US meddling. The kind of absolutes you look for in your writings only occur after some rather extreme conflicts. Even those events have limits. Germany’s back too. Players are players, they never really go away.

  • Kapitalist

    Why would Russian imperialism be any worse that US or Brusselian imperialism? I don’t say it’s any good, it just ain’t badder. Do you think that the oppressed Ukrainians cares whether her oppressor has a palace in Moscow or in Kiev or in Brussels? All politicians have made themselves completely irrelevant. We can only laugh at those clowns and their pathetic failures. Idiots dream about “a good state”, but everyone with a working brain laugh at them too for their pathetic clownery

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Say what you want. The division of wealth in Europe is between East and West. Old NATO and the old Warsaw Pact. The lines set by the occupation of British and American troops vs the occupation of the Soviet Army after WWII. The nature of UK and US imperialism vs Russian imperialism is illustrated by those very stark lines and is the result of real world laboratory experiment. Saying that there is no difference between UK/US imperialism and Russian imperialism is to ignore the world you live in. Had WWI and WWII not occurred Poland, the Czech nations, and Hungary should have been as well off and developed as Germany. There is yet another level of wealth division that between the former Warsaw Pact nations that are now 20 years integrated into the West and Russia itself. It’s not as stark, but as time goes on the gap will widen.

  • Douglas Messier

    Da. Soviet heritage gud. Sadily today Russia space not gud at anything else. Rockets…da. Soyuz ships. Da. Satellites. Nyet. Highly tech. Nyet. Mining of the data. Only data we hack. The tiny cubist sats. Hahahahaha…. Amerika students of the high school better than Russia.

    Gud thing stupid western kapitalists bad at engines for rockets. Whole Russia space program collapse faster than Gorbachev regime.

  • Kapitalist

    US and Russia are different empires, but one is not worse than the other today. This is not the 1940s anymore. Germany was viewed as a peaceful intellectual nation when the nazis rose. Same attitude is around now as the US government has become a losing waring fascist bankrupt state. Just like the British which the US was formed as a revolution against!

    Please consider the reality of what is happening, don’t just cheer on a team just because it has a certain name label. The US can’t “save Europe” today. The US has been humiliatingly defeated by mad analphabets in the desert, which the UK actually occupied very successfully and almost effortless between the world wars. If you don’t recognize a failure when you see it, there’s little hope of fixing it by changing policy.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    You must be young.

  • Snofru Chufu

    I assume he is not very young, even older as you.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    If he’s born in the 1960’s and still thinks like that, it’s pretty sad. There are whole portions of my reply that totally did not parse, or ignored because I did not agree 100% with what he said. Not to mention he would have been living in a fairy land if he did not watch the success of the West vs the East, and then when the East was laid naked in the late 80’s and 90’s. Not to mention that Sweden was going thru what the US went thru in ’08. ….. Nobody who lived that much history and grew up in touch with people who lived the entire 20th cen first hand looks at the world in such stark black and white. A young person, I can understand being so narrow minded. They haven’t failed yet. They haven’t seen the sausage making process of bringing systems both political and engineering to operational status.

  • Snofru Chufu

    However, you have to consider that there is no Brusselian imperialism, which is non-depended from US imperialism. We can observe here a master-vassal-relation. Russia and other countries are under pressure by USA, because Russia did not
    want to be an US vassal. This is the real cause behind many of the conflicts.

  • Kapitalist

    The EU has a trade embargo against Ukraine. The EU’s only goal is to maximize food prices for its subjects and maximize tax money payments to the world’s most inefficient farmers. Ukraine is the best agricultural territory in the world and thus trade with them would be a lethal threat to the whole purpose of the EU. Thus their president signed a trade deal with Russia instead, and then people revolted (they dream about becoming a EU member, they don’t understand that it is impossible). Then Russia secured its military base on Crimea and supports the large Russian minority in Ukraine. I think Ukraine would do better if divided into two countries.

    What is the US doing in Central Asia and in the Middle East? Preparing new invasions of neutral countries who fight the islamic terrorists which the US arms, trains and finances? What if China places a million soldiers and nuclear weapons in Mexico? The president got fits when the Russians did it on Cuba in the 1960’s. Today the US does it all over the world. Why don’t you have any friends left in the world? Why can’t your government learn from a failure and adapt to reality?

  • Snofru Chufu

    At first I am Germano-phile, which is today not a common status for a German. In this context, it is my believe that Germany shall cooperate very deeply with Russia,
    without give up completely relations to USA. Russia is part of Europe, USA obviously not. I prefer if US would leave and go home. The so-called western values are today not more as the decadent values of our hegemon USA, which are going to destroy the different European nations and its basic civilization by means of “liberal” values enforced by political vassals elite of US in the EU. Germany has an own characteristics for over 1000 years, located between East and West. It is time to reevaluate integration of German into “west”, which was
    enforced by the USA, and find a new balance by strengthen relation to East.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    US vassal? Really and just what do we make other nations do as our vassal states. Let’s be specific. How about we compare Kapitalist’s Sweden (I think) with next door’s Norway. What are the things Sweden can do that Norway cannot. What are the things the US makes Norway do against it’s will that Sweden does not have to do. Which of the two nations are better off, better run, has a richer people? If you claim that Norway is a US vassal state, then surely Finland was a Soviet vassal during the Cold War. I would not consider Norway or Finland(in the past) as vassal states but they do receive nudges from the various powers. Norway was a vassal state of Sweden, and Denmark before independence but that was a state unlike anything the world knows of today on a large scale, an example might be Crimea. That’s a real vassal state example. The US on Iraq would be another. But invoking the poor oppressed masses of the citizens of NATO as vassal states is laughable.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Dear Kapitalist, you made good comparions. My congratulations. BTW, I think also that Ukraine should better divided into two countries.

  • Snofru Chufu

    I referred mainly about major countries of EU as Germany and Italy and the EU “elite” as such. US versus Germany is also good master-vassal state example. Germany’s occupation in 1945 has in reality never ended up to now. So-called reunification was in reality only the expansion of the US occupation status in western part of Germany to the former Soviet occupation zone in Germany (including NATO expansion). USA with its 68,000 soldiers and many Dozens nuclear weapons in Germany and its many military bases can do what it want here (spying, troops transfers/movements,
    CIA actions, whatever you want), without German government can do something against it. That is a vassal status.

    In respect to Scandinavia you talk better to Kapitalist, who is Swedish. BTW, Finland was neutral (similar to Austria) in Cold war period.

  • Snofru Chufu

    I call this nonsense. Are you drunk?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Okay thanks for that. …. Well you come across as someone with some whacky beliefs rooted about a 1000 years in the past. I thought the US passed me by, you’re almost Taliban with respect to the era you live in. Also what you can’t do is step outside your political beliefs and desires and look at things with as dispassionate a view as you can. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the US has a hard time keeping secrets. The actions you’ve described are pretty outlandish and would carry a large footprint. Not to mention they don’t fit into any real coherent policy. Even the occupation of Iraq was attempted to be coherent, it’s just that the US military did not know how to put down the insurgency. A basic look at history shows it’s something the US has never really known how to do. Anyway, that’s just silly. You might want to try to take a look at your writings from the POV of someone who is not familiar with your rather particular world view. It comes across as rather crazy.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Don’t be silly. Are you taking the history of the deployment of troops to Germany into account? If we were an overbearing war lord why would we bring so many troops home after ’91? You might want to go take a look at the history of those troop deployments before you make a statement that they’re not tied to overall global need. Now whether that need is real, is of course debatable. Taking it a bit further, the Luftwaffe flies over my house every year in their F2 Tornados during yearly exercises. There’s a German air base in New Mexico that flies the German flag. Is New Mexico under German occupation? I have a squadron of Singaporean F-15’s based at Davis Monthan AFB here in Tucson Az, am I under occupation? I better not spit on the sidewalk….. Me thinks you read too much into events and take a very stark point of view. Given how out of whack your political theories are, a exercise that might help you communicate with others is to try to look at events from a flat point of view of not only yourself, but those of the players, others, and even try to view them in the light of no political theory at all.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Kapitalist, it seems the EU nations are very adept at protecting their farmers. I don’t blame them. They’ve kept out US agriculture for decades, and they’ll find a balance with the Ukrainians too.

    The Chinese already control the Panama Canal, and are investing in another in Nicaragua. They are already all over Central and South America. We’re living with it.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Here are proven examples for important US false flag operations (USA/NATO are master in false flag ops):

    http://www.opsecnews.com/gulf-of-tonkin-incident-false-flag-for-war-in-vietnam/

    Here false flag of CIA in Italy (Gladio) and other places in Europe:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=44&v=yXavNe81XdQ

    http://www.911review.com/articles/anon/false_flag_perations.html

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Keep digging kid. On Gladio…. What did you expect NATO to do facing probable Soviet victory at the start of a war? Just go totally nuclear and end it all? I don’t know if you appreciate that neither NATO or the Warsaw Pact were ready to surrender in WWIII. If you find Gladio distasteful what about the GRU? Do you even know what that was/is? As far as Italy goes, yes we forced them into Italy, if Itlay had its way they would have gone joined the Soviet side. However they were a major combatant in WWII and on the wrong side of history. I’d call Italy a ‘vassal state’ up to the 60’s. The US did some pretty harsh rigging of their elections in the 40’s and 50’s. But Italy deserved it. They were a major problem in under Mussolini, heck they were a problem for the Germans too. So in the case of Italy I’d agree they were an American vassal state, and deserved that status. We prevented them from being a historical irritant in the 2nd half of the 20th Cen. If you don’t agree, just ask the Afrika Korps why they were in North Africa in the first place.

  • DTARS

    Interesting reading your thoughts and point of view