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Rogozin dismissed, Kremlin appoints New Head of Roscosmos, NASA approves cross-flight agreement

Updated: Jul 16, 2022

Yuri Borisov has been appointed CEO of Roscosmos State Corporation, This President Decree comes into force from the date of its signing.

On July 15, 2022, The Kremlin (Russian Government) announced that Dmitry Rogozin has been relieved from his post as Director General of Roscosmos State Corporation. Yuri Borisov replaces Rogozin as New CEO, on the same day U.S. gov space agency NASA and Roscosmos have finalized a seat barter that will fly an astronaut on Soyuz MS-22 & 23 and a cosmonaut on SpaceX Crew-5 & 6.

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the Decree "On Rogozin D.O.".

Text of the Decree:

1. relieve Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin of his position as Director General of Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities.

2. The present Decree shall come into force on the day of its signing.

Yuri Ivanovich Borisov, Director General of State Corporation on Space Activities "Roscosmos".

The head of state signed the Decree "On the General Director of the Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities."

Text of the Decree:

1. Appoint Yuri Ivanovich Borisov as Director General of State Corporation on Space Activities "Roscosmos".

2. This Decree shall go into effect on the date of its signing.

Borisov replaces Rogozin

Borisov held his first meeting with the Roscosmos leadership as head of the state corporation

Yuri Borisov thanked his predecessor Dmitry Rogozin and named strategic ways of development of the corporation. The accent is on serial production of spacecrafts in the interests of creating orbital constellations for the Ministry of Defense and the civil sector, space instrumentation, and unification of the component base.

Colleagues, in your presence, I would like to thank Dmitry Rogozin. He has done quite a lot in his four years as Director General of the State Corporation. The very fact that not a single serious accident has happened in more than three years speaks volumes," Borisov said.

Pioneering work, which for many years could not start, has begun, he said. Roscosmos has decided on the need for a Russian orbital station, on the technical aspects of advanced launchers, and on many other issues.

"We have to bring it all to the end result, which will be a showcase of the corporation's achievements," Yuri Borisov said.

The issue of sanctions will remain serious for a long time, Borisov is sure, especially in the field of sanctions on the supply of microelectronics, and, specifically, components for rocket and space technology.

The state corporation will have to solve the problems of space instrumentation, which is the basis for the creation of all space constellations. The issues of unification and standardization, and reduction of nomenclature type of element base allow us to approach this complicated issue differently. Serial production of spacecrafts in the interests of creating orbital constellations for the Defense Ministry and the civil sector is on the agenda.

"This is a target function, the country cannot survive without space services," said Borisov. - The situation is not easy, but together we will try to solve it.

Borisov took the position of the Deputy Prime Minister (responsible for the defense industry) in 2018 after Rogozin had left it to become the head of Roscosmos.

Following its tenure as the head of Roscosmos, Rogozin was expected to move to the presidential administration and, possibly, lead the Russian separatists' occupation of Eastern Ukraine, the independent Meduza publication reported.

NASA and Roscosmos finalized cross-flight agreement

The cross-flight agreement designates Roscosmos cosmonaut Anna Kikina as a member of the prime crew of the U.S. Crew Dragon spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022. This was reported on Friday on the official Telegram channel of Roscosmos.

The main purpose of the agreement is to ensure the permanent presence on board the ISS of at least one NASA astronaut and a Roscosmos cosmonaut to service the American and Russian segments of the station, in the event of an emergency situation caused by a delay or cancellation of the launch of a manned spacecraft by the United States or Russia.

At the moment, space agencies have approved the composition of the Crew-5 / MS-22 and Crew-6 / MS-23 crews.

Cosmonaut Anna Kikina has been officially appointed mission specialist for Crew-5, which includes NASA astronauts Nicole Mann (mission commander), Josh Kassada (pilot) and JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata (mission specialist).

The launch is scheduled for early September this year. NASA astronaut Frank Rubio, together with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin, will go to the ISS on the MS-22 spacecraft.

The agreement also provides for the appointment of Russian cosmonaut Andrei Fedyaev as a Crew-6 mission specialist, and American astronaut Laurel O'Hara as part of the MS-23 crew. The launch of the 6th long-term mission to the ISS is scheduled for spring 2023.


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