Evgeny Anatolievich Mikrin
General Designer of Manned Programs of Russia
Deputy Chairman of the State Commission on flight testing of manned space systems
General Designer and First Deputy General Director of RSC Energia
Scientist, designer of rocket and space equipment
Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Doctor of Science, Engineering, professor
Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation
Winner of Russian Federation Government prizes
Russian President stipend
B.N. Petrov and K.E. Tsiolkovsky prizes from the Russian Academy of Sciences
He was born on October 15, 1955, in Lebedyan, Lipetsk region. He graduated from Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School in 1979 with a degree in mechanical engineering, after graduation he worked at NPO Lavochkin holding engineering positions.
Since 1981 he has been working at NPO Energia (now S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia) which is the prime company in Russia for development and operation of manned space systems. He rose through the ranks form an engineer to the General Designer of the Corporation. In 1984, studying in off-work hours, he graduated from Moscow Electronics Engineering Institute with Engineer Mathematician degree.
E.A. Mikrin is scientist, designer and manger, who made a significant contribution to the development of control systems for manned transportation and unmanned cargo spacecraft, multi-modular space stations, unmanned spacecraft for various applications, implementation of one-of-a-kind space projects.
Developed during the period of 1983 through 1988, under the direction and with immediate participation of E.A. Mikrin, was software for controlling the combined propulsion system of the reusable Buran orbiter of the multipurpose space transportation system Energia-Buran. From 1993 to 2000 he was one of the key participants in the activities under the International Space Station (ISS) program, made critical decisions on the development of methodology for the onboard control system and its software for the Russian Segment of the ISS, the effectiveness of which has been proven by many years of successful operation of the ISS.
It was under his supervision that the control system of the Functional Cargo Block (FGB) Zarya was developed (1998), a unique control system for the major modules of the ISS Russian Segment was designed, the software for the core module Zvezda was developed (2000).
From 2000 to 2010 E.A.Mikrin was in charge of work to develop control systems for modules of the ISS Russian Segment – a multi-purpose docking module Pirs (2002), mini research modules MRM1 Rassvet (2010) and MRM2 Poisk (2009).
He organized efficient work of the partners to develop control systems and instruments for the European Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV (2008–2014), information and control systems for training facilities at training centers for cosmonauts and astronauts at Star City (Russia), Houston (USA), Cologne (Germany) and Toulouse (France).
He took part in formulating the concept of developing basic multipurpose multifunctional spacecraft and introducing into production advanced technologies in developing control system instrumentation, implemented in the new-generation unmanned spacecraft. Developed under his direction were onboard and ground control systems, including the Mission Control Center, for the new-generation communications satellites Yamal and Earth remote sensing spacecraft BelKA, digital control systems for cargo spacecraft Progress M (2008) and manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-M (2010).
Under E.A. Mikrin’s scientific and technical direction, stage-by-stage work continues on upgrading the onboard control system for manned and cargo spacecraft Soyuz MS and Progress MS, and the effort is going on to phase out imported components in the control systems and replace them with domestic products. Work is under way to design and develop new modules for the Russian Segment of the ISS: Multi-purpose Laboratory Module, Node Module, Scientific and Power Module, advanced transportation system with a new reusable manned spacecraft, which, among other things, is to support interplanetary missions. Development is under way of advanced unmanned spacecraft for various purposes, which will potentially have high competitive edge on the world space market.
E.A. Mikrin is a leading Russian scientist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Department of Power Generation, Engineering, Mechanics and Control Processes (DPGEMCP)), he is the author of more than 230 scientific works, including eight monographs. He is a member of the Space Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences, deputy academic secretary of the department, head of section Problems of Engineering and Control Processes, chairman of the commission for developing the scientific heritage of space pioneers at DPGEMCP of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is actively engaged in preservation and further development of scientific and technological potential of the Russian space industry, being one of the participants and managers of a number of national and international projects.
E.A. Mikrin is one of the founders of a school of scientists creatively tackling complex problems in the development of one-of-a-kind control systems for advanced spacecraft and space stations, which counts more than 25 Doctors and Candidates of Science.
Since 2015 he has been the chairman of the scientific and technical council of RSC Energia, since 2016 he has been a member of scientific and technical council of Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, paying particular attention to organization of scientific and technical activities when implementing competitive space projects.
He does a lot of scientific and teaching work, he is the chairman of the RSC Energia Dissertation Council, a member of dissertation councils of Bauman Moscow State Technical University (MSTU), Moscow Aviation Institute, he holds the chair of Automatic Control Systems at Bauman MSTU and the chair of Motion Control at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology.
E.A.Mikrin is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), International Association Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Academy of Navigation and Motion Control, a full member and a member of presidium of the K.E.Tsiolkovsky Cosmonautics Academy of Russia, editor-in-chief of the journal Space Engineering and Technologies published by RSC Energia, a member of editorial boards of a number of scientific and research and production journals: Proceedings of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Control Theory and Systems, Problems of Control, Journal of Computing and Information Technologies, Journal of Institutions of Higher Learning. Instrumentation Engineering.
For achievements in his work and scientific activities, Y.A. Mikrin was awarded the medal of the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, Class II (2001), and the honorary title Honored Scientist of the Russian Federation (2010). He is a winner of the stipend from the President of Russia for significant contribution to the development of the defense industry complex of the Russian Federation (2004-2005), B.N. Petrov Prize from the Russian Academy of Sciences (2007), the Russian Federation Government Prize for science and technology (2009), K.E. Tsiolkovsky Prize from the Russian Academy of Sciences (2014), RF Government Prize for education (2014), he is an honorary citizen of the towns of Lebedyan, Lipetsk region, and Korolev, Moscow region, and he was also awarded a Thank You Badge from the governor of the Moscow region.