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Yuri Pavlovich Semenov is 85

April 20, 2020

 Today, April 20, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Hero of Socialist Labor, honored scientist of the Russian Federation, doctor of engineering science, professor Yuri Pavlovich Semenov is 85.

Yuri Semenov devoted to the development of rocket and space technology forty seven years of his life, out of which for forty one year he was working on manned spaceflights. For more than 15 years, from 1989 through 2005, he headed S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Built and launched into orbit under the direction of academician Semenov were six space stations and 10 modules, 64 manned transportation spacecraft and 95 unmanned logistics spacecraft.

Yu.P. Semenov was a pupil of M.K.Yangel (he started his working career under him in Dnepropetrovsk), as well as of V.P.Glushko, whose first deputy he once was.

He was an active participant in virtually all the stages of space hardware development: From the first Soyuz spacecraft and long-duration orbital stations Salyut, and the lunar program to the most ambitious projects of the 20th century: Energia-Buran, Mir, Sea Launch, Yamal and the ISS.

Yuri Semenov succeeded at many things. Thanks to his managerial abilities and designers talents most of the projects he was in charge of were of pioneering nature. The year of 1995, when Yuri Semenov was the President and General Designer of RSC Energia, saw the first docking in space of two heavy spacecraft and the Mir-Shuttle manned complex was established. Also successful were endurance record-breaking missions to Mir, which became the first international orbital research center, the first launch of Zenit launch vehicle under the Sea Launch program, which took place in 1999. In 2001 a unique operation was carried out to deorbit and bring down to its designated impact area in the ocean the Mir space station after its record-breaking fifteen years of operation in orbit.

In spite of the difficult political and economic conditions that existed in our country and in space industry in 1990s, Y.P.Semenov did his best to make sure that Energia continued to work in its core areas of activities, first of all in manned spaceflight, preserved its workforce, and remained a world leader in development of big space projects. During those years, the Corporation accomplished a number of unique projects, which included development of new unmanned spacecraft based on the unpressurized satellite bus Yamal, which became an innovative solution for those times, as well as international programs, including Mir-Shuttle, Mir-NASA, International Space Station and the space launching system Sea Launch.

The services of Yu.P.Semenov were highly appreciated by the state. He was awarded the title of the Hero of Socialist Labor, he is a winner of the Lenin and State Prizes, he was awarded the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, 3rd Class, and many other orders and medals, including those from abroad.

The management and staff of the S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia heartily congratulate Yuri Semenov on his 85th anniversary and wish him good health, good spirits and optimism!

 

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