Russia Replaces Space Agency Chief Reuters

Russia replaced without explanation its long-serving space agency chief on Friday and appointed a top general to replace him, Russian media reported.
For the past 12 years Yuri Koptev has overseen Russia’s space program — the sole launcher of missions to the International Space Station since the United States grounded its shuttles in February 2003 after the Columbia disaster.
The agency’s new chief will be Colonel-General Perminov, 58, previously commander of the army’s space division.