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Commander -
Oleg Kononenko
Flight engineers:
David Saint-Jaques
Ann McClain
Ovchinin Alexey
Nick Hague
Christina Koch



Vakhtang Dmitrievich Vachnadze is gone

October 26, 2018

 On October 25, 2018, departed from this life Vakhtang Dmitrievich Vachnadze, a designer who was directly involved in setting up production of space hardware, developing manufacturing processes for our countrys first long-range ballistic missiles and launch vehicles, our countrys first unmanned spacecraft and satellites, space systems under programs of manned spacecraft Vostok, Voskhod, Soyuz, lunar programs L1 and N1-L3, programs of orbital stations Salyut, Mir, space upper stages Block D and DM, cargo spacecraft Progress and who was in charge of activities to build the reusable space system Energia-Buran.

Vakhtang Vachnadze was born on June 20, 1929, at Bobruisk, Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1953 he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute specializing as mechanical engineer.

  • 1964-1966 - deputy chief engineer head of production of Plant 88 (Kaliningrad, Moscow region).
  • 1966-1974 - first deputy director of the plant chief engineer of Eperimental Machine-building Plant (ZEM) (Kaliningrad, Moscow region).
  • 1974-1977 - head of the 3rd General Directorate, member of the collegium of the Ministry of General Machine-buildig of the USSR (Moscow).
  • 1977-1991 - general director of NPO Energia (Kaliningrad, Moscow region).
  • 1991-1992 - general director of Commercial and Technical Center of cosmonautics at Prime Design Bureau of NPO Energia (Kaliningrad, Moscow region).
  • Since 1992 scientific consultant of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia (Korolev, Moscow region).

Winner of the Lenin Prize (1960) and State Prize of the USSR (1989). He was awarded the orders of Badge of Honor (1956), of Red Banner of Labor (1957), of Lenin (1965), and medals. Honorary citizen of the town of Korolev (2003).

The staff of State Corporation Roscosmos and its organizations extend their condolences to friends and family of Vakhtang Vachnadze. May the memory of him live forever.



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