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The competitive landscape in the commercial space market changed drastically after Russia invaded Ukraine and lost its share of the satellite launch business.

Space superpower Russia falls down to earth

Orders for satellite launches plummet 90% as India and China fill the void

AIKO MUNAKATA and YUKIKO UNE, Nikkei staff writers | Russia & Caucasus

TOKYO -- Russia, once a leader in the space business, has become a mere shadow of its former self.

The total number of the country's satellite launch orders from Europe and elsewhere fell by 90% following its invasion of Ukraine in 2022, leaving the U.S. as the sole superpower in space. Smaller players, including India and China, are now jockeying to expand their presence at Russia's expense.

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