Russia’s war against Ukraine has damaged international space cooperation

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 has left hundreds of thousands dead, millions homeless and displaced, and billions of dollars in damage to infrastructure. The conflict also had a less immediate but significant impact on other areas, including the space industries of Ukraine and Russia, but also globally in terms of the launch market, space activities and international cooperation.

In the wake of the start of the conflict on February 24, 2022 and the resulting international backlash against Russia, the then head of the Russian Space Agency Dmitry Rogozin threatened to end its cooperation with the West on the International Space Station (ISS) program over the sanctions imposed on Russia. He gave one too Danger Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of SpaceX, for the company’s role in providing connectivity via its Starlink satellites.

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