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Russian launch service provider reveals cost of Soyuz-2.1 rocket launch

October 03, 6:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The delivery of 1 kg of cargo by a Soyuz-2 rocket will cost $20,000-30,000, which is below the average market price

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MOSCOW, October 3. /TASS/. The basic price to launch Russia’s Soyuz-2.1 carrier rocket with the Fregat booster will stand at about $48.5 million, the Russian launch service provider, Glavkosmos Launch Services, has said.

"On the first day of the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, our team announced the basic price to launch a Soyuz-2.1 carrier rocket with the Fregat booster. It comes to $48.5 million," the company said in a statement, posted on Facebook.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1 without the Fregat booster would cost about $35 million.

"Therefore, the delivery of 1 kg of cargo by a Soyuz-2 rocket will cost $20,000-30,000… which is below the average market price," the statement reads.

Roscosmos (Russia’s state space corporation) CEO, Dmitry Rogozin, said on October 1 that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk quoted knock-down prices on launches of his spacecraft at $40-60 million to squeeze Russia out of the space market. The Russian official described the approach as "pure dumping," adding that SpaceX receives $150 million for one launch from the Pentagon.

SpaceX’s most commercially successful rocket is now the Falcon 9. One of its modifications has a reusable first stage. According to open sources, a Falcon 9 launch costs anywhere from 55-65 million US dollars, depending on the modification.

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