Putin urges upgrading Star City space center
The Gagarin Cosmonauts’ Training Center in the Star City near Moscow meets current requirements but should reach out to future tasks, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said. As he visited the center on Tuesday, he said attention must be focused on renewing its social and scientific base, Interfax reports. “The [center’s] key installations were built in the mid-late 1980s and were quite new at the moment. But time flows by and it is now necessary to think about the present-day requirements,” Putin said at a meeting in the Star City, devoted to the domestic aeronautics. The premier suggested upgrading the town’s social sphere and research base. Anatoly Perminov, chief of the Roscosmos national space agency, praised efforts to ensure the smooth functioning of the Cosmonauts’ Training Center during its handover from the Defense Ministry to Roscosmos, particularly as the crew of the International Space Station was increased to six members starting from last year.