Importance The space industry is a very special target of management. Currently, two trends can be seen in the competitive environment of the global space industry, i.e. growing private sector with the emergence of new business models and the intensifying process of internationalizing value building chains in respect of space industry products. Objectives The research reviews what measures should be taken to keep and maintain the competitiveness of the national space industry as part of the competition race. Methods I used dialectical analysis and synthesis, statistical observations, comparison, induction and deduction, historical and logic methods. Results I found both considerable opportunities and new risks for different agents of the space industry in the ever changing environment. I reviewed the State's role and indicated that it was necessary to consider the organizational structure of the national space industry when the industry policies were formulated. Conclusions and Relevance The current trends in the space industry development gradually shape its operational structure that is similar to the network economic model. The State should craft mechanisms to keep necessary control over ongoing processes in the industry. In the mean time, the State should not harness its efforts solely to take relevant measures and maintain the private business in Russia's space industry. There should be measures in place to bolster the innovation influx and improve the commercial focus of the national space industry. The article may be useful for governmental authorities and top management of Roscosmos Corporation.
Keywords: competitiveness, space industry, value creation, space product, private business, network model, strategic management
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