Singular_Transform wrote:PapaDragon wrote:
How Gorbachev Destroyed the USSR's Military Space Program, & What It Cost Russia
I'm sad about the cancellation of the CCCP space program, but otherwise that was a huge financial burden to the SU.
Example the GLONASS satellites in the 80s had magnitude shorter life than the US ones, means the whole space program had one magnitude higher running cost than the US one.
But of course there is no excuse for the devastation that the whole gorbacsov management did.
Your cost estimate is simply nonsense. The Soviet command economy did not run on prices and costs. It ran on
command directives for resource allocation (including jobs). The ruble was a voucher to make daily consumer
transactions simple. The USSR designed pressurized satellites instead of vacuum systems that is why they
did not last long. Now Russia designs vacuum exposed satellite control systems and the lifespan has shot up.
But the USSR could conduct vastly more launches than Russia, where things that could be done easily 30 years ago
are now too expensive, so the lifetime was not a limitation to ongoing coverage.