ISS Flight Control engineers unhappy with low wages

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MOSCOW, February 27 (RIA Novosti, Alexander Kovalev) - Specialists at Russia's Mission Control responsible for the technical support of the International Space Station (ISS) are unhappy with their low wages, a Mission Control official said Monday.

"Wages at Mission Control have not been raised for the past two years. We have people who have to live on 3,000 rubles [just over $100] a month. This is humiliating. As a person responsible for ballistic analysis of the most complex space operations who has been working here since 1977, i.e., for nearly 30 years, I make less than 10,000 rubles [$354] a month," Alexander Kireev, chief of the Mission Control Ballistic Service Coordination Group, said.

"Sooner or later, this will affect the overall quality of our work," he said.

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