China and India may be viewed as hotbeds for emergent space programs, but Russia is not quite ready to play second fiddle. Instead, industry is pushing the government to stay at the forefront of both rocket launcher and human spaceflight design activities. What is more, the efforts are focused on consolidating the country's hold on space activity, including launch facilities. Self-sufficiency is stressed, as is the lessening of dependence on the Baikonour, Kazakhstan launch site. ...


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