According to a decree issued by the Kremlin on Friday, Dmitry Rogozin is stepping down as head of Roscosmos with quick impact.
“Dmitry Rogozin is hereby released from his position as Director – General of Roscosmos State Space Company. The decree will enter into force on the day it is signed,” the doc stated.
Yuri Borisov, immediately Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister, will proceed to take excessive place of the Russian Space Agency. The present Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, will probably be the Deputy Prime Minister.
Favorite of Putin
What occurs to Dmitry Rogozin in the long run will not be determined. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed Russian information company Tass that Rogozin will get a brand new job “in due course”.
According to the unbiased Russian information website Meduza, Rogozin, who is claimed to be Putin’s favourite, might be answerable for a number of the occupied territories in Ukraine.
Rogozin, who has held the function of head of Roscosmos since 2018, has been one of the ardent supporters of the Russian offensive in Ukraine and has made himself recognized for his harsh rhetoric in the direction of the West.
When the United States imposed sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014, Rogozin advised that American astronauts ought to use trampolines as an alternative of Russian rockets to get to the International Space Station ISS.
In May, Rogozin wrote on social media that it could solely take Russia half an hour to “destroy” all NATO international locations in a nuclear struggle.
Joint flights once more
ISS, which was began in 1998 as a collaborative mission between a number of of the world’s nice powers, is approaching retirement. Last 12 months, Roscosmos flagged that Russia is prepared to begin constructing its personal area station with the objective of launching it into orbit across the Earth by 2030.
Despite the tense relations between the United States and Russia, the 2 international locations signed an settlement on Friday which suggests that they are going to proceed to make joint flights to the ISS.
“The station is built to depend on both countries’ space agencies to function. No organization has the ability to handle the task on its own,” the US area company Nasa wrote in a press release.