New Putin Appointee Wants Report on Russian Space Failures Dec. 29 [ITAR-Tass]
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s choice to right the troubled Russian space program, newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, says he wants answers from Russian space officials Dec. 29, ITAR-Tass reported.
“On Thursday, I expect a report from top officials from the Russian Space Agency on recent failures,” Rogozin said in a Twitter post. Those include the failed launch of a Progress capsule filled with international space station supplies in August, the loss of the Phobos-Grunt Mars probe in November, and the crash of a Meridian communications satellite Dec. 23.
“The last accident, and the entire train of such accident speak for themselves,” Putin was quoted as saying. “It is necessary to look deep into the problems, to study them in detail and to word proposals.”