Media reported about the dismissal of the head of NPO Avtomatiki after a crash on the East


The General Director of NPO Avtomatiki, Leonid Shalimov suspended from work pending investigation on the causes of the failure at the first run at the Eastern spaceport. About this TASS said a source in the rocket and space industry.

According to the interlocutor of the Agency, the decision to dismiss was received by Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin. The day before he talked to Shalimov by phone and, as noted TASS, resulted in a final in Moscow on may 6. Earlier, as wrote “Kommersant”, the head of NPO Avtomatiki was issued about incomplete official compliance.

A source in the Secretariat Rogozin told the news Agency that the Deputy Prime Minister created a special Commission to determine the causes of failure in the East. It was headed by a member of the Board of MIC Oleg Frolov. The Commission task the interlocutor of the TASS called as a study of the actual causes of the failed launch, and completeness assessment conducted prior to the start of testing. 4-5 may, the Commission will hold meetings on the basis of NPO Avtomatiki in Ekaterinburg there will take the machinery and equipment replaced because of a failure on the launch pad of the cosmodrome, they will study on the subject of marriage.The results of the preliminary investigation should be known on may 6.

For failure to start on the East have already been charged for Rogozin himself, as well as the head of state Corporation “Roscosmos Igor Komarov. They reprimanded President Vladimir Putin, who came to Baikonur to watch the first start.

The first launch at the cosmodrome in the Amur region was to be held early in the morning on April 27, but for a few minutes before the start of the automation was switched off. The start was rescheduled for the day, and the morning of 28 April, the carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1 a” with three spacecraft successfully launched from the East.

As explained by Putin, the first launch failed because of an error of test and measurement equipment. “The first start was postponed for a day, as it turned out, not because of the rockets, she was fine, but because of the control and measuring equipment, which gave the wrong signal about the fact that there are no refilling, and it was,” he said. According to him, “the question is elementary, as it often happens with us: either in the cable or in welding, or in the rocket”.

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