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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Nov 28, 2005 17:43:10 GMT -6
Restructuring Russia's Space Program
Moscow (UPI) Nov 28, 2005 In the next two years Russia intends to put on the statute book the integration of the defense sector, and especially its space industry, as a priority area of national security. "Roskosmos (Russian Space Agency) is currently forming 11 large integrated structures in the space and missile industry," its head Anatoly Perminov told a round table discussion at the Federation Council, which discussed the legal status of the space branch as part of Russia's national security effort. "Our industry," said Perminov, "is able to fulfill the federal space program up to 2015, but everything will depend on the funding."
Considering that "the United States' funding is 30 times higher and China's 2.5 times higher than ours," it means we can produce top-quality space equipment and orbit spacecraft without hitches and mishaps only through maximum integration of the space industry. But that calls for a dependable legal background.
Today, Russia's space effort is dogged by more than 400 statutory edicts and norms. Many of them are obsolete, duplicate each other and disagree with the newly issued laws on space activities.