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Russia reshuffles top staff of space industry

English.news.cn   2012-09-10 21:50:59            

MOSCOW, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Russian government has made a reshuffle in the space industry to restore its credibility, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday.

At a government meeting, Medvedev blamed the latest failed space launches on poor quality control and low responsibility of the working personnel.

"Not only the directors but the entire headcount of the enterprise must bear the responsibility (for the failures). A legal entity must be held accountable with its assets for the inappropriate production quality and related works," he said.

Russian Space Agency Roscosmos should also be held accountable financially for the failures, Medvedev said, vowing to enforce a Soviet-era harsh discipline in the industry.

Though the government tripled the industry's fund in the last five years, the ratio of the failures remained high. "The huge money should not be cast on wind," the Russian president warned.

Russia plans to allocate 670 billion rubles (21 billion U.S. dollars) in the next few years for the development of the space industry.

In mid-August, head of the Khrunichev Space Research and Production Center resigned after a string of launch failures. Four out of 48 Proton-M rocket launches and one of eight Rokot launches have failed during the 2008-2012 period.

Editor: znz
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