The Russian Soyuz rockets have helped define human history.
They launched the first earthlings to space. The cargo included tortoises, worms and flies.
The rockets flew them around the moon and brought them safely back to earth.
More famously they helped put the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.
Despite some of their early failures, the Soyuz rockets became the most popular over the years.
For a long time, the only country that had better rockets was the United States.
But long, drawn-out political battles over space funding limited their viability.
On the other hand, the Soyuz was cheap and reliable.
So, despite being old and unsophisticated, the world came to depend on them.
That was the case until the war in Ukraine.
It’s clear that things won’t soon go back to the way they were.
But this isn’t a real disruption to the space industry.
The Soyuz Is No Longer on Top
Most countries stepped up sanctions against Russia in response to the war.
The tensions from these sanctions extended to the Russian space agency as well.
Some of the incidents from the past few weeks include:
- Russia threatening to abandon an American astronaut aboard the International Space Station.
- The European Space Agency suspending its Mars mission with Russia.
- Russia terminating a launch deal with a U.K.-based satellite communications company.
It’s true that countries like the U.S. still depend on Russian Soyuz rockets to get people to space and back.
But they now rely on private companies for nonhuman cargo and other space services.
Additionally, SpaceX and Boeing are currently developing rockets rated for human flight.
And as the chart below shows, they’re able to do it for the same cost as the Soyuz, if not cheaper.
Russia’s Space Age Is Coming to an End
The U.K.-based satellite company that lost its deal with the Russian space agency is OneWeb.
It plans on bringing satellite-based internet services to the public by the end of 2022.
After the falling-out with the Russians, it brought its business over to SpaceX.
This is the future that we can look forward to.
Without Russia, companies and governments will flock to private companies.
And the list of private companies with an interest in space is booming.
They include traditional players like Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin as well as new entrants, like billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.
Bank of America expects the space services market to grow 2.7X by 2030.
A great way to capitalize on this trend is to invest in the SPDR S&P Kensho Final Frontiers ETF (NYSE: ROKT).
The ETF focuses on space launch companies as well as tech developers with applications in space.
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