"With the flourish of a pen earlier today, Russian president Vladimir Putin officially put an end to Roscosmos, the country's federal space agency. That decree capped off over a year's worth of organizational despair as the agency saw its ten-year budget cut (again), the loss of a handful of spacecraft and the misuse of over 92 billion rubles (or $1.8 billion) in part thanks to a pervasive culture of corruption. Don't worry about the country's spacebound ambitions, though Roscosmos will be reborn as a state-run corporation on January 1."
"According to the FSP for years 2016-2025, the Russian space industry will refrain from creating a lunar landing complex, a lunar orbital station, a lunar space suit and the system of robotic software for Moon flights, the newspaper said."
Russia Plans Permanent Moon Base, KTRH (7 Dec)
"The plan sounds ambitious--too ambitious for space experts here in America, like Keith Cowing with NASA Watch. He tells KTRH the Russians are talking big, but don't have nearly the funding nor the ability to pull something like this off. "They don't have the money to do a lot of the things they've already pledged to do, and when you push for the details you find out the translator said we are not going to actually do this, we are thinking of planning to do it," says Cowing. "(The Russians) are masters in the art of lofting trial balloons, and like the old saying 'show me the money'... I don't see it."
Keith's note: Three weeks ago I was interviewed about some story out of Russia about big plans for the Moon. I was ... suspicious. Now Russia has changed its mind (again). Meanwhile, Putin just nuked Roscosmos and is going to create some company to replace it - as if that will dampen the efforts of the kleptocracy. Meanwhile their new cosmodrome is simply not happening - indeed, employees are so comfortable with the rampant graft that one guy drove to work in a diamond-covered Mercedes.
There is another issue of sorts that no one seems to be paying attention to: if Roscosmos has been dissolved, are the agreements (unilateral and multilateral) with other countries - including the U.S. - still valid? If Roscosmos no longer exists how can it have agreements?
- Man Driving Diamond-encrusted Mercedes Caught Embezzling Cosmodrome Funds earlier post
- Russia Built Its New Cosmodrome Wrong, earlier post
- Putin's Favorite Paramilitary Biker Gang Flies Flag in Space, earlier post
- earlier posts about Russia