Ep. 22, Page 46

smbhax on July 23, 2014

Russia recently conducted a public test of their new ‘Angara’ rocket; for years or probably even decades they've been launching stuff into space with Soyuz rockets from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, but “Angara is designed to give Russia full control over its space activities, reducing its reliance on technologies and facilities of former Soviet states. These include the rocket components currently sourced from the Ukraine”—and this certainly fits in with Russia's alleged geopolitical policies in that region of late. They're even building a new spaceport, one that isn't on leased land like Baikonur: “Russia wants to launch the Angara family both from Plesetsk and the Vostochny Cosmodrome, which is currently being constructed in the Amur Oblast, in the Russian far east.”
Politics and rockets have quite a history together on Earth, and I suppose that won't be ending any time soon—although the rise of commercial space use might start to change things a bit.