Medvedev: Roscosmos Needs Less Talk, More Action

RT reports that Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev sharply criticized Roscomos and its leader, Dmitry Rogozin, duiring a meeting earlier this week.

“We should stop the project-mongering, quit blabbing about where we’ll fly to in 2030, we should work, talk less and do more,” Medvedev said on Wednesday during a meeting with the top executives of the Russian state-owned space corporation Roscosmos.

The agency was also tasked with fixing its “financial discipline” within a month, and urged to use the Ministry of Defense’s experience in this area as an example. The construction of the Vostochniy Cosmodrome remains the main issue, as it’s been marred by corruption scandals and is well behind schedule. The ultimate goal is to make the Russian space industry financially viable and lucrative, as its “competitors” are already there, Medvedev stated.

The remarks appeared to personally targeted the director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, who attended the gathering as well. The veteran politician became the chief of Roscosmos last May. Before that, he served as deputy prime minister, overseeing the defense and space industries.

Rogozin is well known for groundbreaking statements on ambitious projects that refer to the distant future. Last November, for example, he unveiled an ambitious plan to establish a permanent base on the moon, which will be staffed by a type of sophisticated “avatar robot.” Such a base is expected to go online in the early 2030s, according to Rogozin.

  • Jeff2Space

    The beatings will continue until morale improves.

    What Russia’s space program needs is cash. Several years ago they lost Progress revenue to ISS and they’re currently losing Soyuz revenue to ISS. Their launch business is also suffering due to slipping quality assurance and, quite frankly, SpaceX. This amounts to telling the head of Roscosmos that he needs to “do more with less”.

  • 76 er

    I agree, but even given an unlimited bank account Roscosmos is in it deep. In 2014 when the Angara first launched Medvedev and Rogozin thought they had a rocket which would be able to beat the competition. They were wrong. And the recent news about the trouble with the RD-191 engine? After all this time the problem hasn’t been fixed?

    It would be hard to find a pair more inept at leadership and management than those two men – but looking at their boss it’s easy to see why. That man most certainly doesn’t want underlings with talent and ambition. As long as the current regime’s in power Roscosmos will continue its slide.

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  • Douglas Messier

    Cash and less theft. 1 in 5 rubles spent in military-industrial-space complex is lost to theft and waste. The level of corruption is stunning.

    Add to that a bloated and aging workforce, a lack of replacement workers due to low pay, aging physical plant, outdated technology, poor QA, the uncompetitive nature of the only new rocket (Angara) they developed since the Soviet Union’s collapse, uncreative thinking, a reorganization under a state corporation, and threats of criminal prosecution after every failed launch….it’s easy to see why the 2010’s have been a crisis decade in which the program has slowly collapses.

  • ThomasLMatula

    In short, it’s business as usual. Russia hasn’t really changed since the days of the Czars other than who is on top of the heap profiting from the skimming. The foundational problem is that their economy is dependent on oil exports and as the world is awash in cheap oil because of fracking the price keeps falling meaning there is less to skim off.

  • Saturn1300

    SOL(smile out loud).

  • Terry Stetler

    With SpaceX and Blue Origin fielding very large and reusable systems their space and social position isn’t improving until the kleptocracy ends. Not holding my breath.

  • Pete Zaitcev

    This was Medvedev’s management style since he appeared in the public. He literally stomps his feet at the Cabinet meetings.