[FPSPACE] ex-rsa chief popovkin has died
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Wed Jun 18 17:14:38 EDT 2014
Izvestiya quotes a Roskosmos official (Denis Lyskov) as saying that Popovkin’s disease (cancer) was most likely brought on by his exposure to toxic fumes after the Proton crash last July.
“At the moment of the launch we were in a bunker several hundred kilometers from the launch pad. After the explosion of the rocket we remained in the bunker for a while until we received information that the air outside was safe to breathe. Vladimir Aleksandrovich [Popovkin] was the first to leave the bunker, he ordered his driver out of the car, jumped in the car himself and drove to the crash site without taking any protective measures. He felt personally responsible for what had happened and simply didn’t think of protecting himself.
When Vladimir Aleksandrovich got ill, doctors concluded that the disease had been triggered by the hydrazine cloud. Asked later by his colleagues what he would have done if he had known that his health would be jeopardized like that, he always answered that he would have done exactly the same … It was very important to act quickly at that moment. In fact he sacrificed himself.”
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MOSCOW, June 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Former head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Vladimir Popovkin has died.
"Vladimir Alexandrovich Popovkin has died at the age of 58 after a disease," the Roscosmos spokeswoman, Irina Zubareva told ITAR-TASS on Wednesday.
Popovkin was born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on September 25, 1957.
In 2011-2013 he was head of the Russian Federal Space Agency.
Before the appointment Popovkin was Russia’s first deputy defense minister.
Earlier, he was chief of armament of Russia’s Armed Forces, Russia’s deputy defense minister (2008-2010), Russian Space Forces commander (2004-2008) and chief of staff, first deputy commander of Russian Space Forces (2001-2204).
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