Roscosmos to lose major contract due to FSB’s claims to OneWeb satellite network
After the FSB recognized OneWeb’s satellites as a threat to national security, their launch from Baikonur and Vostochny has been called into question.
Roscosmos may lose the largest order for launch services due to the fact that the FSB has opposed the deployment of OneWeb satellite communications network in Russia, Kommersant reports.
In 2015, Roscosmos signed a contract with OneWeb project to launch sputniks using 21 Soyuz launch vehicles. The satellites were supposed to be launched between 2019 and 2021 from Baikonur (Kazakhstan), Vostochny (Russia) and Kourou (French Guiana) cosmodromes. The contract value is about a billion dollars.
After the FSB recognized OneWeb’s satellites as a threat to national security, their launch from Baikonur and Vostochny was called into question, Kommersant informs, citing high-ranking federal officials.
In addition, because of the FSB’s stance, Roscosmos may lose another major contract - for Proton missiles. According to Kommersant, this would give Khrunichev Center, which manufactures them, not only a workload for two and a half years, but also revenue worth from 300 to 800 million dollars.
Since 2016, Russia has had a new doctrine of information security, which says about reducing dependence on foreign information technologies.