Meet the New Boss: Roscosmos Chief Vladimir Popovkin

New Roscosmos Head Vladmir Popovkin is a career military officer who began working as an engineer at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and eventually rose to become Commander of the Space Forces. Last month, the 53-year old retired general recently replaced Anatoly Perminov as the chief Russia’s space program.

Official Biography (via Roscosmos)

Vladimir Popovkin was born on September 25, 1957, in the city of Dushanbeh, Tadzhikskaya Republic of the Soviet Union.

In 1979, he graduated from A.F.Mozhaisky Military Academy, Moscow.

Since then he served at Baikonur cosmodrome, occupying various positions from division’s engineer to the command chief of Launch Pad 1 (Gagarin’s Launch Pad).

In 1986, V. Popovkin graduated from F.E.Dzerzhinsky Military  Academy with excellent marks. Since 1986, he served at Directorate of Space Systems, Ministry of Defense.

In 1991-2001 he was serving in the General Staff in Moscow as senior operating officer, chief of a group, deputy chief of division, chief of division.

In 2011, V. Popovkin became the Chief of Staff and First Deputy Commander of the Russian Space Forces.

On March 10, 2004 he was appointed as Commander of the Space Forces.

In 2008-2009 Vladimir Popovkin served as the Armaments Chief, Ministry of Defense. On February 22, 2009 he was promoted to General of the Army, and a month later he had retired to become a Federal State Official.

Vladimir Popovkin left the position of the  First Deputy Minister of Defense in April 2011. On April 29, 2011, he was appointed as the Head of Russian Federal Space Agency – Roscosmos.

V. Popovkin decorated with orders For Distinguished Service to the Homeland 4th Class and For Distinguished Military Service with medal of Order For Distinguished Service to the Homeland 2nd Class, and with a number of medals.

He is a laureate of the Russian Government’s Science and Technology Award (2005).

Vladimir Popovkin is an actual member of K.E.Tsiolkovsky Russian Space Academy, and a corresponding member of the Russian Artillery Missile Science Academy.

V.Popovkin is a candidate of engineering science.