REUTERS: Capacity crunch may abort U.S. satellite boom as sanctions threaten Russia launches

  1. Hopeful that ASTRA can successfully scale as quickly as they were hoping, while maintaining a decent level of quality control. If their launch system is as portable as it was sold to be, imagine it being shipped to Europe to launch EU spy satellites ect...

  2. With a payload mass of ~150kg to SSO, R3 will not deliver any spy satellite hardware anytime soon. That would be reserved for future iterations. Still, at least in terms of external pressure, a reduction of russian launch capabilities is of course positive for Astra. On the other hand, Soyuz and other russian launch vehicles contest in a vastly different market. I therefore do not expect this to have a huge impact in the short to mid term.

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