Not surprisingly, Moscow responded to the sanctions imposed by the European Union and European countries. The director of Roscosmos has announced the suspension of the Soyuz launch from Cooloo. A decision to influence the 2022 manifesto of Arianespace to market Soyuz. The postponement of the launch for several months has already been mentioned in impacting Arianespace and its customers.
In Moscow’s response to European sanctions after Russia’s invasion of UkraineTo I hit the (CSG) mark. If this outage lasts for months or finally, Arianespace will land several satellites from Europe, the European Space Agency, and OneWeb, which will be launched in 2022 and 2023. This is the time for Arianespace to find an alternative solution. It’s not simple.
With this seemingly harmless decision, RussiaAccess to European space.Especially since the transition to When It is highly uncertain because the test run dates for these two new launchers, promoted by Soyuz, are undecided.
⚡️ ВоФранцузской Гвианена ходится 87россий ских граждан. РечьидётосотрудникахНПОЛавочкина, которыеготовилиразгонныйблок “Фрегат-МТ” ЦЭНКИиатакжесотрудникахРКЦ “Прогресс” (изготовительракетсемейства “Союз”).
Прорабатывается вопросвые здароссий ских сотрудников. pic.twitter.com/pT9PlB9ARe
— РОСКОСМОС (@roscosmos) February 26, 2022
After five launches in 2020, it was carried out twice from CSG, nine times in 2021, only once from CSG, and others from the Russian spaceport.Arianespace’s Vostochny planned to launch up to eight Soyuz this year, including three from Courou.
After the first flight of OneWeb from CSG on February 10, Arianespace planned two other flights from Courou, each launching two new satellites... The second launch of the year was scheduled for April. Therefore, it will be postponed to an unknown date. In 2023, Arianespace will launch a satellite EarthCARE is a European and Japanese space agency, and of .. The French government also planned to launch a CSO-3 reconnaissance satellite in Soyuz in early 2023.
Unprecedented operational puzzles for Arianespace
If this outage is very bad news for Arianespace from a commercial and financial point of view, it’s even worse from the point of view of the launch organization! Arianespace has no alternative to Soyuz,..When a satellite is launched Scientists can be delayed for months, and OneWeb, Soyuz’s primary private client for Arianespace, may not be so patient.Therefore, turn to a foreign launcher, probably an American, to launch the satellite. ..
In this new geopolitical situation, the issue of choosing a backup for Ariane 6 (in case of operational issues) becomes a priority. Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, Soyuz was considered a natural backup for Ariane 6, especially for organizational missions. This is why negotiations have been underway since 2023 to use the Russian launcher at a less regular pace.Indeed, with Ariane 6C, for European taste Launch, European institutional customers using Soyuz will switch to these two new launchers. This Ariane 6 backup issue will be discussed at the ESA Ministerial Board meeting in November.