Russia Space Talent

March, 2023
IDA document: D-33069
FFRDC: Science and Technology Policy Institute
Type: Documents , Space
Luba Katz, Rachel Lindbergh, Oleksandr Shykov, Asha Balakrishnan See more authors
This research examines the development and utilization of Russian space talent. The Russian space program has been a source of pride for generations of Russians, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union it failed to enjoy the level of success it had in previous years. Space was no longer held in the same esteem, and the number of students graduating with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees and entering space fields was in decline. Since the early 2000s the space program has enjoyed a period of renewed investment, and today Russia is one of the leading spacefaring nations.