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Satellite Today: Russia Keen to Develop Space Infrastructure Amid Turbulent Political Backdrop

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Developing satellite communications infrastructure in Russia is still a top priority for the Russian government. This was one of the main takeaways of SatComRus 2014 where key executives from the Russian satellite industry and government officials debated the industry’s future against the backdrop of a turbulent political and economic climate, where the talk of sanctions against Russia was never far from the surface.

Yuri Prokhorov, Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) director general, told the event that it has plans to become the fifth biggest FSS operator by 2020. The company also hopes for a successful launch of the Express AM6 satellite later in October aboard a Proton rocket. RSCC is hoping to reconfigure its satellite constellation, as well as target new growth markets such as Australia where the operator is beginning to have a presence.