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Roscosmos to boost private-public partnership

Russia: As the Russian government is investing significant fund in space projects, it is likely to increase private-public partnerships, according to the head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Vladimir Popovkin. He was sharing his views with media on the occasion of successful rocket launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Popovkin said, “Perhaps, a number of enterprises will be re-established as a private-public partnership.” Speaking about promising projects, Popovkin cited that the flight to Mars could also be funded by large private business. Apparently, Popovkin shared NASA’s ideas about the future of space exploration and the growing role of private business in its funding. 
According to the executive director of the space technologies and telecommunications cluster of the Skolkovo Foundation, Sergey Zhukov, in certain aspects, Russia’s private business is today already able to participate in space programmes. “As an example, we could cite the Gazprom Space Systems company, which has already created a telecommunications system based on its own satellites and is now creating its own Earth remote sensing system (RSS),” said Zhukov. “The two areas, telecommunications and RSS, are most attractive for private companies. Also the navigation segment is actively being developed by private entities. Speaking of prospects, I think that Russia’s private business is able to take on certain projects, such as the creation of ultra-light launch vehicles.”
Source: rt.com