Putin rebukes officials over space delays

SpaceDaily.com reports: “President Vladimir Putin on Thursday gave a dressing down to space officials on a visit to Russia’s long-delayed and corruption-tainted cosmodrome in the Far East.

The Vostochny cosmodrome was originally supposed to be running manned launches from last year but the grand project has been consistently behind schedule.

At a meeting with the head of the country’s space agency Dmitry Rogozin and others, Putin asked for details on how close the spaceport is to completion.

‘I expect a more responsible attitude from you and a dynamic pace when organising work,’ Putin said in televised comments.

‘All the infrastructure being built on the ground here must meet the latest demands and standards to ensure launches of our advanced rocket systems,’ the president said…”

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