New Roscosmos Head Makes the Rounds

Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko tours Vostochny. (Credit: Roscosmos)
Roscosmos head Oleg Ostapenko (center) tours Vostochny. (Credit: Roscosmos)

New Roscosmos head Oleg Nikolayevich Ostapenko has begun to make the rounds of his domain. On Thursday, he flew out to the Amur region to visit the new Vostochny Cosmodrome, which is set to host its first launch in 2015. Roscosmos reports that he viewed launch complexes and other structures now under construction and received a status update on the work.

The following day, he was at JSC Information Satellite Systems” to view progress there.  Roscosmos reports:

The head of the agency examined the main shops and familiarized himself with the state of affairs in the workplace.

In JSC “ISS” , Ostapenko held a meeting on the progress of work on the federal program GLONASS, the Federal Space Program of Russia and the state defense order for 2013.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the management of JSC “ISS”, as well as the heads of a number of enterprises cooperation.

Ostanpenko, who previously as deputy defense minister, replaced Vladimir Popovkin as head of Roscosmos earlier this month as part of a major shakeup of the Russian space industry.