The director of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, has been removed from his post

On July 15, 2022, a new Director General of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, was appointed.

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On July 15, President Putin issued a decree removing Dmitry Rogozin from his post as Roscosmos General Director. The former Russian ambassador to NATO has been heading the Russian Space Agency since May 2018. Very active social networkswas talked about in particular on the occasion of The war in Ukraine for his explicit nationalist stances. Rogozin must be published elsewhere in the state services.

Now Yuri Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of Defense and Space Industry, is in charge of the Russian space program. In the program, he will take care of current Roscosmos files, in particular the next few years of operation of the International Space Station (ISS), the replacement of the launcher fleet commissioned by Angara, and uncertainty about international cooperation such as the mission Exomarsthen the Russian projects that could see the light of day at the end of the decade: the space station Russiansa potential Sino-Russian lunar base and the development of the Yenisei superheavy launcher.

There is no information on the reason for this change in trend

No official reason was given for this change of direction, so it is impossible to say that the positions of Rogozin, although he is a staunch defender of the military policy of Vladimir Putin, are in question, but such a hypothesis is possible. Indeed, once Borisov was appointed, Roscosmos continued to attend Astronauts The Russians are on board the American capsules. A possible hypothesis would then be Moscow’s desire to decouple the space sector from the global geopolitical situation.

This would make it possible to renew and strengthen the currently deteriorating international partnerships, which have been one of the only sources of Russian space activity since the fall of the Soviet Union. We recall that Soyuz For nearly 10 years it was the only way to get to the International Space Station.

What to remember

  • Dmitry Rogozin has been the Director General of the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos since 2018.
  • Yuri Borisov to replace him from 15 July 2022.

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