A few days ago, it was confirmed that the European Space Agency had permanently severed its cooperation relations with it Roscosmos to the ExoMars mission despite some attempts at convergence in the past. Also in the same days the recklessness on which it is based Dmitry Rogozinthe head of the Russian Space Agency, will soon be replaced.
However, at that moment, it was just an unconfirmed rumor, but it only took a few days for it to become a reality. Now it’s official: Dmitry Rogozin is no longer responsible for Roscosmos and reached his place Yuri Borisov (Former Deputy Prime Minister of Defense). However, the change at the top may not be good news, although recently Rogozin has been distinguished by particularly aggressive statements.
Yuri Borisov is the new head of Roscosmos, replacing Rogozin
with presidential decree Dmitry Rogozin Thus he was dismissed from his role as head of the space agency with Yuri Borisov who has taken his place to lead the continuous development of the space program (while Tagged That this change is not a criticism of the work of the previous general manager, to the point that he will soon receive a new position). This isn’t necessarily good news considering the new manager’s comments Roscosmos.
at first formal meeting space agency Borisov He emphasized that the main objectives will be the production of spacecraft and satellites for civil and military purposes, the creation of space components and the standardization of components. We will not focus on science and cooperation with other agencies (considering the international situation as well).
after every thing Rogozin “Birth” As a journalist, then became a politician and reached the top Roscosmos. So his strategy was more about advertising and communication than technical and engineering. Borisov Instead, he has a career divided between sciences but above all in the military field and this may be part of Russia’s offensive and defensive plans.
even when Rogozin He was still at the helm of the agency and there was a lot of talk about the need to be Russia Equipping itself with new military-type space solutions. From new geolocation satellites (GLONASS) to meteorological monitoring systems to detection systems (spy satellites) or anti-satellite systems. It is currently too early to say what will happen to the lunar missions that would cooperate with China and the lunar base or to the new ROSS space station.
Seat exchange confirmed between NASA and Roscosmos
In the same hours of replacing Rogozin Borisov, a final agreement was also reached NASA And the Roscosmos So “swap seats” To bring astronauts and astronauts to the International Space Station. The story will not be related to the new administration but we now know that Anna Kekina will fly on it Crew 5 (with Crew Dragon spacecraft) with Nicole Mann, Josh Cassada (NASA) and Koichi Wakata (JAXA) for Mission 67/68. The mission is scheduled for September 2022. Frank Rubio (NASA) will fly aboard a Soyuz on the MS-22 mission, scheduled for September 21, with astronauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitriy Petlin.
That’s not all! After Kikina there will be another astronaut who will fly aboard the Crew Dragon. This is Andrei Fedyaev who will fly for the mission Crew 6 For Mission 68/69. Along with astronaut Steve Bowen and Woody Hoburg of NASA will be there while it is scheduled to depart in the spring of 2023. Instead it will be the American astronaut Loral O’Hara who will fly aboard the Soyuz MS-23 again in the first part of next year (with Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub) thus completing the second exchange of seats.
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