This situation could not be easy for Dmitriy Olgovich Rogozin. Russia plans to reduce funding for space flight activities over the next three years, from 2022 to 2024. These reductions amount to 16% per year, according to the report of several Russian publications, including Finanz.ru. (These articles were translated into Russian by Rob Mitchell for Ars.)
For 2022, the government's budget for space activities is set at 210 billion rubles ($2.9 billion), down 40.3 billion rubles ($557 million) from the previous year. A similar decline will follow in subsequent years. The main reductions will be in areas such as "production technology activities" and "space base development". The "Scientific Research and Development" budget has been completely neutralized.Read more Space program
Publications indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is unhappy with the performance of the Russian space program. They reported that at a space industry meeting on September 29, Putin criticized the failure to follow industry guidelines on long-term space goals. In 2020, for example, Roscosmos missed 30 of the 83 stated goals of the national space program.
Putin reportedly told the Russian space company Roscosmos that it should increase the reliability of the Russian language. Missiles and "master" the next generation of launch vehicles. The guidelines come in response to increased competition in the global space launch industry, particularly US-based SpaceX.
However, this further reduces the budget cut by Roscosmos leader Dmitry Rogozin. It is currently facing budgetary pressures due to lost revenue for NASA astronauts traveling to the International Space Station — a project worth about $400 million annually or more — as well as the Consolidated Launch Alliance for other RD-180 rocket engines. do not buy.
These cuts also raise questions about the future of Roscosmos, which has been restructured on several occasions over the past decade. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) acted similarly to NASA. As a space agency, it had a number of contractors who provided services and manufactured rockets, spacecraft, and satellites. The largest of these companies are RKK Energia, Khrunichev Center, RCC Progress, NPO Energomash, TsENKI and TsNIIMash. It is run by the government. Three years later, the Russian National Space Agency was dissolved and merged into the state-owned Roscosmos, which became the parent company of the state-owned space companies.
Rogozin became president of Roscosmos in 2018, and last year reorganized his subsidiaries into business units.
In recent years, Roscosmos has spoiled its efforts to build a large new space base in the east of the country. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny alleged that corruption was rampant across the Russian space company in 2019, before Putin was imprisoned, and described how Rogozin made himself rich. Russian Aerospace Leader Too Big
According to documents leaked by Navalny, Rogozin used Roscosmos money to buy a Mercedes-Benz S560 for himself and a Range Rover for his wife. In total, the price of these cars is about 300 thousand dollars. Then the head of Roscosmos bought an 8,600-square-foot villa in northern Moscow worth about $3 million. Navalny argued that the documents seemed more obscure.
Rogozin denied these allegations. And, to be honest, for the Western press that does not know the Russian language or does not fully understand Russian politics, it is difficult to distinguish between truth and falsehood. What seems clear, however, is that the future of the Russian space program is uncertain. As China grows its new and ambitious space station for space exploration, and the US space industry booms amid increased commercial activity, Russia is seeking to maintain the status quo of spacecraft developed decades ago.
The country's space crews have already received very low salaries. At the moment, there will be fewer resources to invest in the future - the future that Putin accused Rogozin of leading the Russian space program. This situation could not be particularly comfortable for Dmitry Olgovich Rogozin.
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