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John and I welcomed back Anatoly Zak of Russian Space (Web www.russianspaceweb.com). During the first part of our double segment Hotel Mars discussion, Anatoly brought us current with Roscosmos, quality control issues for the Proton and the Soyuz rockets, the Russian and the Dragon bringing cargo to the ISS at the same time and the pending return to flight for crews aboard the Soyuz. He talked about lingering doubts regarding the Soyuz return to flight but said there would be additional cargo flights before the crew flight so that might mitigate some of the worry. He talked about docking to the ISS while the Dragon went through the "birthing" process, plus he mentioned the experience ISS directors have had over the years handling these ISS arrivals.
In the second part of our program, we focused on the Roscosmos labor and management issues including corruption, theft of key materials, low moral, plus other issues. Anatoly provided us with his opinion as to why these problems continue to hit the Russian space program and why they are so hard to control. For example, he said these issues, especially corruption, are widespread throughout the Russian economy, not just space. Later, I asked him if Russia had a skilled labor force to fill jobs if they started firing people. He said no, listen to his explanation, plus he said this was part of the problem. Before we ended, we talked about the U.S. and Russian problems and if they were starting to show up in the Russian space program. He said there seemed to be some breaks in the system and Russia was trying to make their program as independent of foreign supplies as possible.
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