The failed launch of Russia's Soyuz spacecraft could result in a large compensation payout for insurer SOGLASIE Insurance Co. Ltd., the Russian company said.
The launch was insured for 4.66 billion Russian rubles with loss, damage, destruction and aborted ignition all covered, the insurer said in its Oct. 11 filing.
If recognized as an insurance event, it will be the first in Russia's contemporary history involving a manned spacecraft, and the payment would probably be one of the biggest in decades, Soglasie said.
Risks covered under the insurance contract were reinsured by several Russian and Western reinsurance companies, according to Soglasie.
The Russian central bank-owned Russian National Reinsurance Company reportedly reinsured the risks for 800 million rubles, while Ingosstrakh Insurance Co. Ltd. reinsured 25% of the risks for 1.16 billion rubles. Another Russian company, Alfastrakovanie PLC, provided more than 100 million rubles in reinsurance, Russian news agency Interfax reported Oct. 11.
As of Oct. 11, US$1 was equivalent to 66.38 Russian rubles.