Roscosmos Unable to Launch Satellites Due to Import Sanctions

Russian space agency Roscosmos said it will be unable to launch some satellites due to the lack of microchips caused by US importation sanctions.

“We have more than enough rockets, but there is nothing to put in space,” said Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin. 

Rogozin explained that satellite manufacturers stocked semi-finished products but were missing one specific imported microchip.

The sanction barring the said microchips were imposed in March 2014 during the start of the Crimean annexation in Ukraine. 

Rogozin threatened that Roscosmos would withdraw from the International Space Station in 2025 unless sanctions are lifted.

Rogozin added that they may also lose the bid for a new contract with Elon Musk’s low-earth orbit satellite startup OneWeb.

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