Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov has a new deputy. Alexander P. Lopatin was appointed to the post on Jan. 13. He replaces Victor Remishevsky, whom President Dmitry Medvedev fired last month in the wake of a Proton launch failure that send three GLONASS navigation satellites to the bottom of the Pacific.
Roscomos PAO posted his bio:
Lopatin was born on April 14, 1956. Formerly, he served in Space Forces as Deputy Commander (2005 -Â 2009), Deputy Director General at TSNIIMASh and Deputy Chairman of the State Board (2009-Jan. 2011).
He graduated from Zhitomir High Command Radio Electrical Engineering School in 1978, and Dzerzhinsky Military Academy in 1987. From 1974 to 2005 he served in Russian Military Forces in various positions, including Deputy Chief of Mozhaisky Military Academy.
Lopatin has several state awards, including Order For Military Merit, The Order of Honor, Governmental science and engineering awards.