Russia’s Space Program Is Blowing Up. So Are Its Rockets



“The troubles in the Russian space program’s supply chain are symptoms of systemic problems. The Russian space program barely survived the fall of the Soviet Union, and has been flagging since. That’s showing itself in poor quality control and brain-drain. “The Russian program is actually suffering the same problem as the US,” Logsdon says. “Their core engineers are retiring, and the young ones are attracted to more lucrative employment, or emigrating.”


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