Vladimir Putin sacked Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian Space Agency

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, July 15, fired by decree the boss of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. The latter was known for his abrasive style and fierce nationalism. Dmitry Rogozin, 58, will be replaced by Yuri Borisov, 65, who until then held the portfolio of deputy prime minister in charge of Russia’s military-industrial complex, which also includes the aerospace sector.

Yuri Borisov was replaced Dimitri Rogozin was in this position when he became head of Roscosmos in 2018. In this case, Dmitri Rogozin stood out from the dull universe of Russian bureaucracy with rowdy trades and provocations posted on Twitter or Telegram.

However, in five years at this level, the decline of the Russian space industry could not be prevented, becoming obsolete, lacking innovation and undermined by corruption. With the arrival of billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX on the scene, Russia lost its monopoly on the aging but reliable Soyuz launchers and ships into space in 2020.

After the Russian attack against Ukraine on February 24, Dimitri As Russia’s ambassador to NATO, Rogozin distinguished himself by his bellicose statements about the West. In particular, he praised the potential destruction caused by Russian nuclear weapons.

Russian-Western cooperation in the space sector has been weighed down by Russia’s aggression against its neighbour. However, the International Space Station (ISS) “This little bubble was in space, outside of ground wars. A place where Russia, America and Europe could work together.”Mathilde Fontes, editor-in-chief of the journal Science, commented on franceinfo to epsilon. “Although scientific cooperation between German and Russian cosmonauts was interrupted, everything went normally.”

NASA announced on Friday that it was resuming joint flights with the Russians to confirm that it had not been linked to Dmitry Rogozin’s departure. “Continuity of Operations” station, despite US efforts to isolate Moscow. Two American astronauts will fly aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on two separate missions, the first of which is scheduled for September. Two Russian cosmonauts are set to fly on SpaceX rockets for the first time.

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