Latest contingencies rooted in systemic crisis in Russian space industry - Rogozin

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has declared the need for a reform of the Russian space industry amid the recent contingencies.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has declared the need for a reform of the Russian space industry amid the recent contingencies.

"These contingencies result from a systemic crisis in the industry which Roscosmos has yet to overcome. The state corporation symbolizes clear collective responsibilities and a real chance for technical modernization of the industry and an increase of wages of highly skilled specialists. We will carry on this reform firmly and consistently," Rogozin wrote in his TwitLonger blog on Sunday.

He noted that the May 16 wreck of the Proton rocket was similar to previous accidents.

"What happened to Proton yesterday already destroyed similar rockets in 1988 and 2014. Back then investigative committees did their work and extensive measures were taken but we are dealing with a new accident now. This means that Soviet and Russian specialists have jumped to conclusions and have failed to determine the cause of the abnormal work of the Voronezh engine. They have no right to make another mistake. We need to find the cause and to adjust the design," the deputy prime minister continued.

He said that people "should not treat specialists with contempt, but rather be patient."

"We have overcome the crisis in the defense industry and are now proud of it. Rosatom is doing very well in defense and civilian projects. I am confident that Roscosmos colleagues will improve their industry too. I have faith in them. The Military Industrial Commission Board will fully support them," Rogozin said.

A Proton-M rocket coupled with a Briz-M upper stage and the MexSat-1 Mexican telecom satellite blasted off from Baikonur on Saturday. The third stage engine's emergency cutoff occurred at 498 seconds into the flight.

Roscosmos said the accident occurred at an altitude of 161 kilometers and "the third stage, the booster and the satellite apparently burned up in the atmosphere."

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