Re: SPACE: Why so much EVA on ISS?

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Mon Mar 19 2001 - 21:36:31 MST

On Mon, 19 Mar 2001, Spike Jones wrote:

> Gooood question Robert. Ive heard reliable reports that the
> commie rocket scientists are working for the equivalent of a
> US dollar an hour, altho I still suspect at least some exaggeration
> must be taking place. Does anyone know?

The standard Russian Academy of Sciences salary for things like
the Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology is < $100 /month.
Usually people get several positions where they only work part
of the day to make ends meet. A "good" middle-class job in
a Russian company you would probably make $200-$500/month.
Working for a Western company: $500-1000 a month. A few
people get highly paid. I've heard of really good programmers
pulling down 50-75% of their Western counterparts but those
are exceptional cases. I'd suspect that most of your rocket
factory workers are making $100-$200/month.

> [snip].... oh dear, oh my, I am shamed. Moral
> of the story, for propulsion questions talk to Doug Jones,
> as hes actually in the biz, whereas Im over on the payload
> side.

"When Scientists Overextend Themselves"...


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