Russian startup developing small satellite launch vehicles

Lin Industrial is a Russian startup, developing small satellite launch vehicles, a resident of the Skolkovo Innovation Center since June 25, 2014 and the only private developer of space launch vehicles in Russia.

The company employs skilled engineers and managers, who worked for Khrunichev Space Center and founded Selenokhod — the only Russian team involved in the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition for creating a private lunar rover.

The first investors in the company are employees of Wargaming, who created a popular computer game World of Tanks.

The company has developed the Moon Seven — a Russian lunar base project utilizing already available launch vehicles, spacecraft and technologies.

Some proposals from the Moon Seven project have been included in the Federal Space Program for 2016–2025.

Other Lin Industrial projects include:
  • Taymyr and Aldan microsat launch vehicles, Adler smallsat launch vehicle (all three projects have been approved by experts of the Space Technologies and Telecommunications Cluster of the Skolkovo Innovation Center);
  • Zeya — a single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) reusable launch vehicle project, with concept developed at the request of European venture capitalists;
  • Aniva (project of an LV powered by LNG).