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Topic - Boris Chertok
Boris Chertok, a Russian rocket designer who played a key role in engineering Soviet-era space programs, has died. He was 99.
Russia risks losing its edge in space by relying exclusively on Soviet-era achievements and doing little to design new spacecraft, a Russian cosmonaut warned Monday as the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by Yuri Gagarin.
A top design official at the time, Boris Chertok, wrote in his memoirs that "Judging by modern standards of rockets reliability, we had no reasons for optimism by April 1961."
"We realized that the risks were very high," Chertok told reporters last week.