Rogozin Threatens Satellite Producers With Heavy Fines as Creation of New Space Corporation Advances

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. (Credit: A. Savin)

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin is on the warpath again, threatening to levy heavier penalties against space companies that failed to meet satellite production deadlines.

“We certainly need a completely different level of discipline and responsibility in this area,” he said after a government meeting on reform of the space industry, chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Rogozin said the government would introduce stronger penalties for companies that did not manufacture and deliver spacecraft on schedule. He did not specify what the penalties would be.

An Audit Chamber report in July last year concluded that the country’s space industry was ineffective and plagued by poor management and misuse of funds.

It said Russia had only launched 47 percent of the required number of satellites between 2010 and 2012.

Rogozin has placed much hope in the plan to create the United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC), which is designed to consolidate dozens of space companies under a single government-owed organization. The consolidation is designed to eliminate excess capacity and duplication in the sprawling Russian space sector.

Earlier this month, Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree that consolidated companies under URSC.

The new United Rocket and Space Corporation will take over manufacturing facilities from the Federal Space Agency, or Roscosmos, whose prestige has been severely dented in recent years by a string of failed rocket launches.

“In line with the directive, the corporation will receive assets of 10 integrated structures that comprise 48 various organizations and 14 enterprises,” Medvedev said Monday at a meeting with deputy prime ministers.

The new corporation will be 100 percent controlled by the government, he said.

Sources:

Russian Govt. Demands More Efficient Spacecraft Production, RIA Novosti

Medvedev Signs Asset Merger for New Space Corporation, The Moscow Times