Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appointed former First Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin as head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Friday, replacing Anatoly Perminov.
Popovkin is a former Commander of the Russian Space Forces. Perminov, 65, will retire, as state officials are not usually allowed to serve after this age. Earlier this year he refuted rumors that he would retire.
Rumors of Perminov's resignation first emerged in December following the loss of three Glonass-M satellites meant to complete the formation of an important Russian navigation system, similar to the U.S.-made Global Positioning System (GPS).
Perminov was reprimanded for not enforcing all the necessary pre-launch safety procedures and failing to spot a mistake in calculations that led to the carrier rocket veering off course and crashing into the Pacific Ocean, destroying the additional satellites needed for the Glosnass network.
MOSCOW, April 29 (RIA Novosti )
Add to blog
You may place this material on your blog by copying the link.
Image Galleries: Traditional Hutsul Wedding in Western Ukraine
Infographics: Jeans: From Classic Designs to Extreme Incarnations
Cartoons: Polar Explorer Day
The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.