ISS-64 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Sergey Ryzhikov
Flight engineers:
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
Victor Glover
Shannon Walker
Soichi Noguchi


Планета Королёва


October 1-10, 2013
Flight Control Lead Operations Team celebrates its 40th anniversary

Personnel of the Lead Operations Control Team working at Moscow Mission Control Center (MCC-M) marks on October 11 the 40th anniversary of its establishment.

Within the framework of the events devoted to this date, from October 1th to 7th thematic scientific-technical conference for specialists, scientists and veterans from RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, TsNII of Machinebuilding, other space industry enterprises and organizations was held. The key topic of the conference is control of spacecraft yesterday, today, tomorrow.

The first plenary meeting of the conference was held in the main flight control room of MCC where flight control of Soyuz, Progress space vehicles, Salyut and Mir orbital stations used to be conducted. The Head of LOCT, the first deputy of RSC Energia General Designer V.A. Solovyov addressed the meeting participants with a greeting.

Then plenary reports were heard with a great interest delivered by V.D. Blagov, the honoured scientist in flight control at RSC Energia, and V.A. Solovyov, the first deputy General Designer of RSC Energia. The reports delivered covered the following: the main milestones of LOCT activity; peculiarities of space vehicles and stations flight control over the period beginning with the pioneer space vehicles Vostok and up to now; objectives of space vehicles and complexes flight control in long-term perspective, including activities under the International Space Station Program and Lunar and outer space programs under development. Also Russian mass media representatives accredited to MSS-M were invited to the plenary meeting.

After the plenary meeting, the conference continued its activities in the following sections: the Flight planning and control; the Flight operation and onboard systems state analysis; the Professional activity of cosmonauts onboard space vehicles and orbital stations; the Organization-technical management of spacecraft operation. At the section meetings reports were made by the core workers, veterans and young specialists from RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, MCC of TsNII of Machinebuilding, IMBP, RGNII of Y.A. Gagarin CTC, MGTU after N.E. Bauman.

By the results of the conference, the jury, which involved experienced specialists from LOCT, noted the best reports. The chairman of the jury V.A. Solovyov presented memorable prizes to these reports speakers at the final plenary meeting.

Noting that LOCT team contributed greatly to solving the problems of implementing manned space programs, the management and collective of S.P. Korolev Rocket-Space Corporation Energia congratulate heartily the Lead Operations Control Team employees and veterans on the 40th anniversary of its establishment and wish them health, personal happiness and further achievements in their professional activity which has always been focused on meeting the objectives set, satisfactory solution of challenging problems during flights of space vehicles, as well as on assured safety of crew flights!

For reference:

  1. Decision on establishing LOCT as the structure operating at MCC on a permanent basis was taken on October 11, 1973 because of the need to provide interaction between the specialists at Moscow MCC monitoring Soyuz space vehicle flight and the specialists from the American Mission Control Center commanding Apollo space vehicle flight when implementing the joint Soviet-American flight within the Apollo-Soyuz experimental program (ASEP).
  2. Specialists from RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev, MCC of TsNII of Machinebuilding form the LOCT basis. The team also involves specialists from subcontracting enterprises-developers of space vehicles and stations onboard systems.


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