GK Launch Services: Our Soyuz-Fregat is easily competitive with Rocket Lab and other smallsat launchers

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — GK Launch Services as formed in 2017 following a Russian government decision to confer to it all commercial Soyuz missions. The company had an obvious advantage against other new launch companies in that it’s selling the well-proven Soyuz-Fregat rocket.

It also had a disadvantage in the market in its association with the ISC Kosmotras, a pioneer in the small-satellite launch market with the Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr rocket. Dnepr operations collapsed with the Russia-Ukraine conflict, stranding several customers that had already made large launch deposits.

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