[FPSPACE] ex-rsa chief popovkin has died

Anatoly Zak agzak at optonline.net
Wed Jun 18 17:20:32 EDT 2014

I wonder who should be more embarrassed by this, the official who says such
a nonsense or the newspaper that carries it. Anyway, it is a sad day.

Anatoly Zak

On 6/18/14 5:14 PM, "Bart Hendrickx" <bhen at telenet.be> wrote:

> Izvestiya quotes a Roskosmos official (Denis Lyskov) as saying that Popovkin¹s
> disease (cancer) was most likely brought on by his exposure to toxic fumes
> after the Proton crash last July.
> http://izvestia.ru/news/572644
> ³At 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 didn¹t think of
> protecting himself.
> Š
> 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 Š  It was
> very important to act quickly at that moment. In fact he sacrificed himself.²
> Bart Hendrickx
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> Subject: [FPSPACE] ex-rsa chief popovkin has died
> 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 Russia¹s first deputy defense minister.
> Earlier, he was chief of armament of Russia¹s Armed Forces, Russia¹s 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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