Access to Space to Undergo Dramatic Changes
It's finally happening...
In the United States, private companies such as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), and Boeing are actively involved in developing the space services market. It's become a staple of NASA's strategy in promoting access to space for private companies.
But in Russia, it's a different story.
In Russia, access to space is managed exclusively by state-owned enterprises and organizations.
Roscosmos, Russia's Federal Space Agency plans to change that model.
In a statement this last Tuesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the country's space industry, laid out a strategy that will allow private companies in Russia access to the space services market.
As Rogozin said:
By 2020, we plan to form an effective system of support for Russian corporations on the market of space services and allow private companies onto the market.
Effectively, this could allow private companies to create and develop new innovations that could compete with their American counterparts.
As Rogozin pointed out in his statement:
The effective development and commercialization of space production and services should not be forgotten.
According to Rogozin, Russian President Vladimir Putin will get a report by Roscosmos in the near future on the program. The report will describe the program in detail in order to gain the approval it needs in order to advance to the next stages.
In the United States, there is a strong belief that the innovation and independence of private companies in their access to space will revolutionize the space services market. SpaceX in particular has already demonstrated an ability to shake up the market.
What will happen when Russian companies enter the market?
We'll find out in a few years.