Rogozin: Russian Space Industry Ineffective, Needs Radical Overhaul

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

The Russian space agency Roscosmos has no capacity for strategic planning, is failing at the key task of launching rockets that it has set for itself, is unable to enforce any sort of labor discipline in the industry, and should probably be folded into a larger organization that would encompass both space and aviation.

So says Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, the aerospace and defense czar responsible for overhauling those two bloated, inefficient and deeply troubled sectors.

“There are no specialists who have experience in strategic planning to develop the space industry and ensure its reliability,” Rogozin said at a special meeting devoted to the Proton-M crash.

At the same time, the Vice-Premier rejected the arguments by those who considered low wages one of the reasons for the crash. “They [wages] will be low when the big number of enterprises works on the same tasks,” he added.

Rogozin recalled that the functions of a client, a maker and an operator had not been divided yet. “There are no key political purposes in the space industry: what we want and what global political and pragmatic tasks we set,” the vice-premier said….

Rogozin said the Proton-M rocket had crashed due to the lack of labor discipline, criminal negligence and the casual attitude from the Russian Federal Space Agency.

“This is the standard rocket. What is new in it?” he said. “How can you install sensors wrong? The whole process is regulated,” Rogozin said, adding that the Roskosmos leadership had removed itself from the development of the space infrastructure on the Earth and “considers rockets launches the key task”….

“I consider as demanded the idea to discuss uniting in the framework of a single technical policy what is being done in the space industry and in the aircraft building industry,” he told the commission investigating into reasons of the accident with Proton-M carrier, which occurred on July 2 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The idea to unite the space and aviation industries in the Russian Federation is not new: predecessor of Roskosmos, founded in March 2004, was the Russian aviation-space agency Rosaviakosmos, which had been organized from the Russian space agency in May 1999.

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