The prime-minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev approved the State program “National Space Activity in 2013-2020” in late December 2012. The program’s amount of financing is 2.1 trillion rubles. It comprises all the existing programs and sub-programs controlled by the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Kommersant reports.
According to a source, the Economic Development Ministry insisted on elaborating the program: the ministry is lobbing the abandoning of target programs in favor of the state ones. The sources report that such measure will help tighten the control over the allocated funds.
The major objectives in the area of rocket and space industry’s development during a period until 2020 are: deployment and maintenance of the orbital groups of national satellites, construction of Vostochny cosmodrome, upgrading of Plesetsk cosmodrome and maintenance of Baikonur cosmodrome, and promotion of space services at the global market.
The head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, stated that the program is based on three priority areas: provision of assured access to the space for Russia, development and operation of space equipment and technologies, and fulfillment of international obligations.
According to the premier’s instruction, Roscosmos is responsible for implementation of the program in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense.
According to the source, the Economic Development Ministry insisted on consolidation of all the existing programs in this area. The ministry’s head, Andrey Belousov, was supervising the process. "The agencies had to report on every target program and sub-program and they did not always report in time, - a source close to the ministry noted. – Such structure will make them account for the money spent without any delays".
Roscosmos is not worried by the changes. “The changes are not significant and they will not affect the functioning of the existing programs, - the source noted. – We will keep working in the same way".