Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian space agency chief known for his frequent clashes online with SpaceX boss Elon Musk, has been ousted from his job, the Kremlin revealed Friday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has tabbed Yuri Borisov, a former deputy prime minister, to switch Rogozin as head of Roscosmos. The Kremlin didn’t provide a reason for its decision to switch Rogozin, who had helmed the Russian space agency since 2018.
Rogozin’s exit occurred on the identical day that NASA and Roscosmos reached terms on a latest agreement to collaborate on International Space Station missions despite ongoing tensions over the Kremlin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.
Public spats between the bellicose Rogozin and Musk have intensified because the Russian invasion began in late February. Rogozin sparked concern earlier this yr after he bizarrely suggested that the International Space Station could plummet from the sky if Russia withdrew its cooperation.
Dmitry Rogozin has been removed as the pinnacle of Roscosmos.AP
“In the event you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled de-orbit and fall into the US or Europe?” Rogozin tweeted in Russian, according to a translation.
Later, Rogozin ripped Musk for assisting Ukraine by providing “Starlink” satellite web terminals through the invasion despite SpaceX’s status as a civilian firm — asserting that the billionaire had “chosen his side” within the war.
Rogozin has publicly feuded with Elon Musk for months.Getty Images
Musk fired back, slyly replying that SpaceX only provided its help after Ukrainian residents began experiencing “strange” web outages.
SpaceX also trolled Rogozin during a launch in March after he said NASA could lose access to Russian “world’s best rocket engines” — adding the US would need to “fly on something else like their broomsticks.”
Musk has yet to publicly comment on Rogozin’s exit.
Rogozin is an in depth ally of Vladimir Putin.AP
A staunch Putin ally, Rogozin has also incessantly touted Russia’s nuclear strike capabilities through the Ukraine war and once declared that cooperation with Western officials was “unimaginable,” in accordance with Reuters.
The Kremlin said Rogozin will receive a latest role, in accordance with Russian state media — however it’s unclear what his next gig shall be.