Through Hardship to the Stars: A Review of Russia’s Space Startup Sector

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MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — What space startups were buzzing around in 2021? What ups and downs has the private astronautics market experienced? The most interesting and important things were collected by the editor of ” Russian Space ” Igor Afanasyev.


Roscosmos and Skolkovo Announce Industry Accelerator for Digital Technologies Winners

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — As part of the Demo Day, experts from the Roscosmos State Corporation and the Skolkovo Foundation (VEB.RF Group) announced the winners of the first industry digital accelerator. For the purpose of implementing measures and key milestones of the Digital Transformation Strategy of the State Corporation Roscosmos for the period up to 2025 and the prospect until 2030, the Industry Accelerator on digital technologies was held in cooperation with the Skolkovo Foundation.

More than 200 applications from startups from all over Russia were submitted to participate in the competition. Within the framework of the correspondence examination, 143 projects were selected, of which 68 projects were admitted to the stage of in-person presentations. 12 projects entered the acceleration program, which proposed the most interesting technological developments aimed at implementing the digital transformation strategy of the Roscosmos State Corporation.


Energomash Conducted Russian Space Industry’s First Business Accelerator

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — At the beginning of last year, the Energomash Scientific and Production Association named after academician V.P. Glushko (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation) together with the Skolkovo Foundation organized a project unique for the Russian space industry. The idea was to attract small innovative companies and development teams to cooperation and create promising technologies, or, in modern terms, startups.

This approach to the search for breakthrough ideas and talents is widely practiced in the IT, fintech sphere and is called a business accelerator. Vitaly Serikov, head of the marketing and sales department of NPO Energomash, says that in this case it was about the search for innovative projects in three areas and their adaptation to the requirements of the enterprise.

“Our task is to get either new technologies, or a competitive product in our portfolio, or master a new business line upon completion of the acceleration program,” explains the manager. “The main goal is to ensure financial growth and consolidate competitive advantages.”


Glavkosmos, Orbital Express to Cooperate in Promoting Services to the Global Space Market

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Glavkosmos (part of Roscosmos) and the Russian private company Orbital Express have signed an agreement on cooperation in promoting services to the global space market with the help of the Russian rocket and space technology. The document was signed on Thursday at the Glavkosmos headquarters in Moscow. 

“Glavkosmos welcomes the initiative of Russian private NewSpace companies to enter the foreign space market,” says Dmitry Loskutov, Director General of Glavkosmos. “We hope that the interaction between Glavkosmos and Orbital Express will be successful. We believe that it will have a positive impact on the development of Russian rocket and space technologies.”


NPO Energomash Accelerator Identifies 10 Projects for Development

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Experts from NPO Energomash (part of Roscosmos State Corporation) and integrated enterprises completed the first stage of the corporate accelerator, selecting the top 10 projects in three areas: IT technologies, civilian products, and rocket propulsion. In total, 167 applications were submitted for the competition.

During the formal examination, 96 projects were initially selected, of which 29 were allowed for in-person evaluation. However, due to the difficult epidemiological situation, the leadership of NPO Energomash together with the Skolkovo Foundation decided to transfer the in-person selection to the remote mode. 


NPO Energomash, Skolkovo Launch Business Accelerator

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — NPO Energomash (part of Roscosmos) and Skolkovo Foundation launch a business accelerator aimed at searching perspective technological projects for Energomash and rocket engine manufacturing integrated structure. The launch event included participants from NPO Energomash management, Skolkovo Foundation and representatives of smaller innovative companies. Energomash and Skolkovo management spoke about the aims and tasks of the business accelerator, as well as the way to select projects will be conducted.


UK’s ISIC Signs MOU with Skolkovo Foundation

OXFORDSHIRE, England (ISIC PR) — The International Space Innovation Centre (ISIC) is delighted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Skolkovo Foundation, a non-profit organisation that focuses on the development of new technologies and a commercialisation centre based in Russia.

The MoU was signed at the Farnborough Airshow on Tuesday 10 July in the Space Pavilion, between Barbara Ghinelli – ISIC’s Executive Chair and Sergey Zhukov – Executive Director of the Skolkovo Foundation, in front of a large international audience including the Right Honourable David Willetts MP – Minister for Universities and Science, Jean-Jacque Dordain – Director General of the European Space Agency, and Vladimir Popovkin – Head of ROSCOSMOS, the Russian Space Agency.


Skolkovo to Play Role in New Russian Space Policy

Skolkovo PR — In the Russian government last week introduced a draft “Strategy for the development of space activities before 2030,” prepared by the Russian Space Agency with participation of a number of enterprises and organizations of missile and space industry and related industries. Representatives of the Cluster Space Technology and Telecommunications Fund “Skolkovo” noted with satisfaction that the developers have considered the document a number of suggestions of the experts of the Fund, aimed at the development of innovative activity in space activities.


Energomash, Skolkovo Working on New Rocket Fuel

ENERGOMASH PR: On March 7, 2012, it was decided to allocate IC “Skolkovo” the first grant for the development of new highly combustible “Acetyl”. This project is implemented within the framework of the Energomash Centre of Innovation.

The “acetyl” is aimed at significantly improving the energy characteristics of Russian and foreign launch vehicles. Thermophysical properties and performance allow a number of advantages compared to the hydrogen-oxygen boosters that were considered until recently to limit energy capabilities of rocket engines to chemical energy:

ISTA, Skolkovo Foundation to Establish Suborbital Business Incubator

SKOLKOVO PR — The Skolkovo Foundation and the International Space Transport Association will jointly develop the first international knowledge center for commercial suborbital spaceflight.

The Center is to be part of Moscow’s Science & Technology Park and will host three business units: (Eco) Tech, Mini Satellites & Telecommunications and Suborbital Space Flights. The Skolkovo Foundation, with President Dmitry Medvedev as Head of the Board of Trustees, offers a wide range of financial support possibilities for international businesses to flourish. Its set up follows a phased implementation process and will be developed in close cooperation with the International Space Transport Association.