Space & Astronomy
Russia’s space program deemed 'ineffective'
By T.K. Randall
July 7, 2013 · 13 comments
Image Credit: Roscosmos
An audit of Russia's space program failures has revealed it to be poorly managed and disorganised.
[!gad]Russia's space endeavors have suffered a string of failures in recent years including the loss of three new navigational satellites last week when the Proton-M rocket carrying them exploded shortly after launch. An investigation by the Audit Chamber found that the country's space agency was lacking in proper management and that despite an increase in funding they were falling far short of their goals.
"Roscosmos is among the biggest and least disciplined [of government agencies] that blatantly ignore regulatory requirements and best practices in state procurement orders," the Audit Chamber said. Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin promised "harsh decisions" on the basis that Russia's space industry "cannot continue to exist in its current form."
Russia’s Federal Space Program is ineffective, largely due to poor management of space activities and budget funds allocated for space projects, the Audit Chamber said Thursday.
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