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Russia Replaces Head Of Space Agency

April 29, 2011

On Friday, Russia replaced Anatoly Perminov, the head of its space agency, after being reprimanded over a failed satellite launch in December.

Russia lost three satellites when a rocket crashed into the Pacific Ocean.

A government statement said Prime Minister Vladimir Putin removed Perminov because he had “reached the age limit for civil servants.”

First Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Popovkin will be moved to the head of the federal space agency Roscosmos.

President Dmitry Medvedev fired Roscosmos deputy chief Viktor Remishevsky and Vyacheslav Filin, deputy head of the space rocket corporation Energia, over the loss of the Glonass-M navigation satellites.

An inquiry revealed that the Proton-M rocket failed to reach orbit because of a fuel miscalculation.

Russia celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin earlier this month.

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