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Russia's space program: running on empty

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1 Author(s)
Oberg, J. ; NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX

To the would-be observer of Russia's space program today, the barrage of confusing claims from experts both inside and outside the country can easily be overwhelming. Apparently, bankruptcy and collapse are imminent: the two top Russian officials, one civilian and one military, have each stated that the nation's space activity is in crisis and might even be forced to a standstill. Yet the industry still produces hardware, the rockets still fly, their ground controllers still operate distant spacecraft, and the cosmonauts aboard Mir still maintain their watch on orbit. Here, the author describes how the Russian space industry is reorganizing itself and has big plans for the future-but even with austerity measures, it needs a major influx of funds not to starve first

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:32 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

Dec 1995

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