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Rogozin Reprimands 2 Officials, Fires Another Over Vostochny Cosmodrome Problems

25 Oct 2020, 08:31 UTC
Rogozin Reprimands 2 Officials, Fires Another Over Vostochny Cosmodrome Problems
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Workers work on a concrete foundation at Vostochny Cosmodrome. (Credit: Roscosmos)

by Douglas MessierManaging Editor

Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin trekked out to the Amur Region in Russia’s Far East on Friday to check on how construction is proceeding at the Vostochny Cosmodrome. The answer was apparently, not real well.

“Following the results of hearing reports at a production meeting at the Vostochny cosmodrome, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin reprimanded Andrei Okhlopkov, Director General of the Center for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure Facilities, and Vladimir Zhuk, TsENKI Chief Engineer,” Roscosmos said in a press release.

“Prior to that, by decision of Dmitry Rogozin, Evgeny Rogoza, General Director of the Vostochny Cosmodrome Directorate, was fired,” the document said.

Ouch.

The press releases didn’t go into detail about the reasons for the actions. However, the development of Vostochny has been plagued by embezzlement, schedule delays and occasional problems paying workers.

Vostochny is being built to reduce Russian dependence on Baikonur Cosmodrome, which ended up in independent Kazakhstan after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. Russia has a long-term lease to use Baikonur.

The slow pace of development has left Russia still largely dependent upon Baikonur. Only five Soyuz-2 launches have been conducted from ...

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