Russian Military Space

Russian Military Space

The Russian Space Forces is the branch of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation responsible for military space operations. Established on August 10, 1992, following the break-up of the Soviet Union and the creation of the Russian Armed Forces, the organization shares control of the Baikonur Cosmodrome with the Russian Federal Space Agency. It also operates the Plesetsk Cosmodrome and the Svobodn’y Cosmodrome.


The Space Forces were established as the Ministry of Defense Space Units in 1982. In 1991 the Soviet Union was broken up. The Russian Armed Forces were established on 7 May 1992, enabling the creation of Russian Space Forces later that year on 10 August. In July 1997 the Space Force was dissolved as a separate service arm and incorporated to the Strategic Rocket Forces along with the Space Missile Defense Forces, which previously were part of the Troops of Air Defense.


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