Russia’s satellite operators assess how to achieve the self-sufficiency imposed by sanctions

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Russia’s largest satellite fleet operator said the company’s plans to use bandwidth from non-Russian satellite constellations will need to be scrapped as western sanctions force Russia “to rely on domestic satellites only,” and that Russian satellite builders similarly lose access to non-Russian satellite payloads.

Alexey Volin, general director of Russian Satellite Communications Co. (RSCC), said Russia’s use of flexible-payload satellites needs to increase to avoid a bandwidth shortage given that Russian manufacturers no longer deliver satellites as quickly as before.

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