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Oleg Kononenko
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David Saint-Jaques
Ann McClain
Ovchinin Alexey
Nick Hague
Christina Koch



With Energia forever

February 14, 2019

The center for technology development and personnel training of the Experimental Machine-building Plant of RSC Energia has been named after Vakhtang Dmitrievich Vachnadze, who dedicated his life to our countrys space. From now on, the museum housing unique pieces of space technology will bear the name of its own creator.

When he was only 27 years old, Vachnadze, on personal direction of Sergei Korolev, was put in charge of the engines workshop, becoming the youngest shop superintendent in the factory.It was under his supervision that the shops work team built engines for the first rockets that provided anti-aircraft defense for Moscow, and the engines for the legendary R-7 rocket.He became the only representative of the plant who in 1960 was awarded the Lenin Prize for his contribution to the development of rocket and space technology.

In 1964 S.P.Korolev appointed V.D. Vachnadze to be the head of the new fittings and engines production line. Two years later he became the first deputy director and chief engineer of the factory.

V.D. Vachnadze was general director of Energia from 1977 to 1991.His role in the implementation of the most important projects of the company and the industry can hardly be overestimated.Among the projects he participated in were development of the first Soviet unmanned spacecraft and satellites, manned spacecraft Vostok, Voskhod and Soyuz, lunar probes, orbital stations Salyut and Mir, upper stage Block D and DM, logistics spacecraft Progress. Development of the reusable space transportation system Energia-Buran, which was far ahead of its time, was his lifes work.

Vakhtang Vachnadze never even considered retiring, although he was long past the retirement age. He was brimming with ideas, on which he was working just as thoroughly as on space hardware, and he put them in the orbit of life The Center for Technology and Personnel Development of the Experimental-Machine Building Plant, which boasts exhibits that are the envy of space museums the world over, was the favorite brainchild of Vakhtang Vachnadze. He conceived it and built it from scratch, dedicating to it the last decade of his life. On an old factory floor where our countrys first rockets had been built, Vakhtang Vachnadze collected rare specimens of space hardware. These are mostly full-scale exhibits. On display at the Center are the first Soviet ballistic and intercontinental long-range missiles and rocket stages designed by S.P.Korolev, the first generation manned space station Salyut, spacecraft Soyuz and Progress, space systems Mir and Energia-Buran.

Vachnadze has actually created his own school of flight and development of engineering thought for the future generations of space technology designers. He taught at this school till the last days of his life, personally telling young people about the major engineering discoveries and their embodiment in the hardware that the work team of the factory managed to build over the one hundred years of its history. So it is only fair and logical that the Center for Technology and Personnel Development of the Experimental-Machine Building Plant will bear the name of one of the most esteemed and celebrated persons in the industry.




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