Russian Space Chief Hospitalized

Roscosmos Head Vladimir Popovkin. (Credit: Roscosmos)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Roscosmos Head Vladimir Popovkin landed in the hospital this weekend, although the exact reason is unclear.

Russian news agency quoted the space agency’s press office as saying the 54-year-old general was suffering from “physical and emotional exhaustion.” A spokesman later confirmed the hospitalization to the Associated Press without elaboration.

A Russian tabloid, Life News, posted a picture of Popovkin with his head bandaged and reported that he was drunk at the time he was admitted to the hospital.

Popovkin took over the struggling space agency last year amid a series of rocket failures that have continued during his tenure.