MOSCOW – The
Russian president threatened to punish those responsible for the
country's recent space failures, which included the botched launch of a
Mars probe earlier this month.
Dmitry Medvedev warned that the space
officials responsible could face heavy fines or even criminal penalties,
the Ria Novosti news agency reported.
"The latest failures [in the space industry]
seriously harm Russia's competitiveness," he said. "This means that we
need to conduct a serious analysis and punish those responsible."
Russian space agency Roscosmos faced several mishaps over the past 11 months.
Last December, a rocket failed to put three
Glonass-M satellites into orbit, costing the state 4.3 billion rubles
Several space officials were fired after
another mishap in February, in which a booster rocket carrying a
military satellite failed to launch.
There were a
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