Roscosmos set an anti-record, but coped without accidents

Yesterday, December 29, the Russian Soyuz launch vehicle successfully launched the French CSO-2 reconnaissance satellite into orbit. It was the 17th and the last space launch of Roskosmos in 2020.

According to a message from the agency RIA News, this indicator is an anti-record for the state corporation. Moreover, a similar situation was observed only at the dawn of astronautics in 1957-1961.

Dmitry Rogozin explains the tangible decrease in the number of space launches compared to last year with the difficult international situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In certain difficult circumstances, everyone was forced to adjust their plans. economics World

- says the head of Roscosmos.

Nevertheless, the United States has carried out 44 rocket launches this year, and China - 39. In total, 144 space launches have been made in the world.

It should be noted that the head of the Institute of Space policy Ivan Moiseev does not consider the pandemic as the main reason for the above-mentioned anti-record.

This is mainly due to the loss of the international space launch market

- said the expert.

According to him, this trend has been going on since 2014.

However, there are good news... For the second year in a row, Roscosmos has coped with no accidents. This made it possible to increase the average five-year launch success rate to 97%.
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  1. bobba94 Offline bobba94
    bobba94 (Vladimir) 30 December 2020 14: 03
    Funny article title. I remembered from sports: "... at the next World Cup, our biathletes could not ...". Space launches have been carried out since the 50s of the last century. First, the USSR was launched and it could be called a competition, then France, China, and other countries pulled up and it became important not the number of launches, but the quality of these launches, that is, the scientific result. China now needs a lot of space launches, China needs to catch up ... lunar soil, spacewalk, docking options, its own space stations ....
    1. Cyril Offline Cyril
      Cyril (Kirill) 30 December 2020 14: 12
      and it became important not the number of launches, but the quality of these launches

      The number of starts shows 2 things:

      1. If these are "internal launches", then the level of development of cosmonautics within the country. The more satellites a country produces (in general, public and private enterprises of this country), the more it launches them.

      2. If these are "external" launches, then the level of demand for launch vehicles in a particular country and confidence in them (and, therefore, their competitiveness) among third-party customers.
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 30 December 2020 15: 09
    In general, no matter how Rogozin denied, trampolines run out ...
    He is nothing, untouchable, and the rest sucks ...
  3. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 30 December 2020 17: 51
    Of the 44 US launches, 25 are at SpaceX. This is what they pulled this year powerfully
  4. It's good that Roscosmos is still alive - they didn't have time to plunder!
  5. monman Offline monman
    monman (Garik Mokin) 31 December 2020 17: 40
    For the curious ...
    "Elon Musk says SpaceX will try to recover the super-heavy rocket by catching it with the launch tower."

    According to CEO and founder Elon Musk, SpaceX will try a significantly different approach to landing its future reusable rocket boosters. It will try to "catch" the heavy booster, which is currently in development, using the launch tower lever used to stabilize the vehicle during its preparation for takeoff. Modern Falcon 9 boosters return to Earth and land on their own built-in pylons, but Super Heavy's goal is to have the large rocket without any pylons at all, Musk says. The super-heavy rocket launch process will still involve using its engines to control its descent rate, but it will involve using trellis fins that are incorporated into its main body to help control its orientation during flight in order to `` catch '' the booster - essentially hooking it onto the trigger of the launch tower before it even touches the ground. The main advantages of this method, which will obviously require a lot of precise maneuvering, is that it means SpaceX can save both cost and weight by completely eliminating support legs from the Super Heavy design.