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Putin orders Russia's positions strengthened at market of rocket launches

November 12, 2015, 19:47 UTC+3 SOCHI

Russian rockets should be reliable and competitive and should meet all demands of the leading customers both in Russia and abroad, the president says

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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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SOCHI, November 12. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered strengthening the country’s positions at the market of rocket launches.

"Special attention in the framework of the [new federal space] program should be given to the consolidation of our positions both in the spheres of piloted cosmonautics and in orbiting cargos, first of all, in commercial launches," Putin said at a meeting dedicated to the priorities of Russia’s space activities until 2025.

Putin said Russia was the world leader in the number of rocket launches.

"But we should think of the future. Russian rockets should be reliable and competitive and should meet all demands of the leading customers both in Russia and abroad," Putin said.

On exploration of new space science spheres

According to the Russian president, it’s necessary to ensure exploration of new spheres of space science but proceed from real capabilities.

"It’s necessary to support the established groundwork now, ensure further development of the space industry, exploration of new spheres of space science," Putin said at a meeting on priorities of Russia’s space activity for the period up to 2025.

"And it is necessary to proceed from real capabilities of the state," he said.

Putin noted the data transmitted by the satellites was broadly applied in economy, the social sphere, science, various industries and on transport. On the whole, they have a very good commercial potential. "It is necessary to build up our capabilities in this sphere. We need to launch a batch production of new generations of instruments and systems, which we are planning to put in orbit. They should be better than world analogues on a number of key parameters," the Russian head of state said.

Putin also called for carrying out fundamental research in space. For that, it is necessary to understand what areas of scientific research will be in greatest demand in the new space programs, he added.

Putin said that scientific experiments were already underway in the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS).

"The further development of this scientific work and the Russian segment’s equipment with state-of-the-art technology should also be among the priorities of the federal space program," the Russian president stressed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for more active development of space communication and Earth’s remote sensing.

"It is necessary to strengthen the Russian group of spacecraft and steer it at resolving practical tasks," Putin told a conference devoted to priorities in Russia’s space activity for a period up to 2025.

According to him, the priorities include space communication and Earth’s remote sensing.

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