Rogozin vows to 'manually' coordinate Russian space rocket sector

 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has promised to personally supervise the development and introduction of the space rocket industry's quality control system.

"He made this statement at a session with the Roscosmos [Federal Space Agency] administration on Monday, when the reasons behind the unsuccessful launch of the Express-MD2 and Telkom 3 satellites were addressed," a session participant told Interfax-AVN.

Rogozin harshly criticized the work of Khrunichev State Space Research and Production Center General Director Vladimir Nesterov and Roscosmos chief Vladimir Popovkin, vowing to personally oversee all of the required reforms within Russia's space rocket sector and "manually" coordinate the development of a quality control system at the industry's enterprises, he said.

"Our analysis of the latest accidents confirms that the problem is not "the iron", but the lack of a modern quality control system at a number of the sector's enterprises," Rogozin said.

Nesterov and Popovkin accepted responsibility for the recent accidents in space, citing the presence of objective reasons behind the disasters, including a shortage of highly skilled human resources, an aging staff of engineers and designers, a shortage of financial and social incentives that would encourage young people to look for jobs in this sector, as well as the absence of an automated system of control over technological processes, the session participant said.

Rogozin dismissed these arguments as unsatisfactory, reminding the heads of enterprises and the industry as a whole of their personal responsibility, he said.

"You have been naming the same reasons for failures year after year instead of starting to fix them," Yury Borisov, deputy chairman of the Russian government's Defense Industry Commission, said at the session.

Rogozin announced plans to meet with senior officials of Roscosmos and the sector's leading enterprises every month until full-fledged reforms were launched and the industry "determined its strategic goal," he said.

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