Problems with Russian satellites have nothing to do with corruption - Rogozin
MOSCOW, February 28 - RAPSI. The recent problems seen in Russia's rocket and space industry are not connected with corruption, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in his speech at the State Duma, RIA Novosti reported.
Rogozin noted that the fundamental problems in the space industry are related to the personnel training.
Rogozin believes that the problems are connected with lack of the national electronic component base and fewer military offices at the enterprises to ensure quality control and reliability of products.
The GEO-IK-2 satellite failed to establish communication on time on February 1, 2011 and it was later found on the non-designated orbit.
On August 18, 2011, the Express-AM4 communication satellite was also put into a wrong orbit. The same month, the launch of the Progress cargo spaceship failed, for the first time in the 30-year-old history of the spaceships.
It also took long time for the Mission Control Center to set communication with the Phobos-Grunt station that was successfully launched on November 9, 2011. On November 15, 2012, the wreckages of a probe fell into the Pacific Ocean.