Russia recalling “dozens” of rocket engines, sacks head motor builder

Enlarge / A Proton rocket on the launch pad. (credit: European Space Agency)

In recent years, the Russian space program has had a series of problems with its flagship rockets, the heavy-lift Proton booster and the smaller Soyuz rocket used to launch crews and cargo to the International Space Station. The Proton rocket has been grounded since last summer, and the Soyuz has not flown since December, when its third stage engine failed and a Progress cargo spacecraft was lost.

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