Popovkin: Search for Launch Failure not a “Witch Hunt”

Roscosmos Head Vladimir Popovkin. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On August 7 at the Federal Space Agency, V.A. Popovkin led a meeting of the Interagency Commission (IAC) to analyze the causes of abnormal start-up carrier rocket “Proton-M” with the upper block (RB), “the Briz-M” and the spacecraft “Express MD2 “and” Telkom-3 ‘, held on the eve of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

On the first day of the members of the ERM conducted a snapshot of the received telemetry data, from which you can draw a preliminary conclusion about the normal functioning of the management system booster “Briz-M”. It is also noted that the RB engine came out to the nominal thrust, resulting in automatic shutdown to happen.

Prior to elucidate the causes of contingency, preparations for the launch boosters are suspended.

The commission, headed by First Deputy General Director of FSUE TsNIIMash O.P. Skorobogatov, formed six working groups in key areas.

The meeting heard the leaders of the enterprises – manufacturers of rocket and space technology V.E.Nesterov (Director General of Khrunichev them. Khrunichev), A.S.Syrov (Chief Designer of FSUE EDO “Mars”), VA Petrik (CEO KBHM them. A.M.Isaeva).

Addressing the participants of the meeting, head of the Russian Federal Space Agency asked to organize a thorough search for the causes that led to the contingency, and “not a witch hunt.” According to him the degree of culpability of specific officers from the chief of department management representative to the agency, will be judged only after all required verification activities. At the same time will be accepted and the necessary personnel decisions.

“There are a number of media statements by unnamed representatives of the aerospace industry has already taken the alleged personnel actions against a number of leaders are not true,” said V.A.Popovkin.