ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



In memory of Oleg Dmitrievich Baklanov

July 29, 2021

July 28, 2021, saw the passing away, at the age of 89, of a captain of the USSR space industry, First Deputy Chairman of the USSR Defense Council, and, in the last few decades, an advisor to the general director of RSC Energia, Oleg Dmitrievich Baklanov. To the last days of his life he was dedicated to our countrys space industry, and devoted his energy, knowledge and vast experience to the cause of the development of rocket and space technology, supporting Corporations advanced projects to further develop the manned space flight.

Oleg Dmintrievich Baklanov lived a long, eventful, and anything but easy life. He was born in 1932 in the Ukraine, in Kharkov. He first graduated from a communications industry vocational school, then, studying part-time without leaving his day job, from the All-Union Correspondence Institute for Training and Advanced Training of Engineers in Energy Industry (now known as the Russian Technological University). Oleg Dmitrievich entered into employment in 1950 as a radio equipment wireman at the Kharkov Instrumentation Engineering Factory named after T.G. Shevchenko, where he worked for a quarter of a century. Having risen through all the ranks in production chain, in 1972 O.D. Baklanov became the director of the factory, and, eventually, the director general of the production association. During those years, working in various positions, he directly participated in the development of equipment for the first ballistic missiles, including the R-7 rocket, the first artificial satellite of Earth, the Vostok spacecraft, which on April 12, 1961, carried into space the worlds first cosmonaut Y.A. Gagarin.

In 1976 O.D.Baklanov took up the post of the deputy, and in 1981, the first deputy minister of the General Machine-building Industry of the USSR, who coordinated the activities of all the companies and scientific organizations in space industry. During the period of April 1983 through February 1988 he was the minister of the General Machine-building Industry of the USSR. His active creative efforts in that position are to this day admired by executives and staff of the companies in the industry. It was under his direction that the reusable space transportation system Energia-Buran and advanced third-generation military space hardware were developed, and the programs of long-duration orbital station Salyut-7 and Mir space complex continued. Companies of the ministry implemented ambitious projects in photographic, radio and maritime surveillance, real-time observation and warning about missile attack, strategic and tactical communications, including the start of production of the digital system for commanding and tracking RF link Grafit for Zenit spacecraft and its ground segment Veter-ZN, techniques were mastered for manufacturing the hardware in microelectronic versions, micro-assembly using vacuum sputtering and photolithography were introduced.

Since 2013 Oleg Baklanov worked at RSC Energia as an advisor to the director general. He was actively involved in educational activities aimed at popularizing the history and achievements of the worlds spaceflight.

O.D. Baklanov is a Hero of Socialist Labor, winner of the Lenin Prize and the Y.A.Gagarin Prize from the Russian Federation Government. For the development of rocket and space industry and management of space efforts he was awarded the orders of Lenin, of the Badge of Honor, of October Revolution, and two orders of the Red Banner of Labor.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to all those who had the honor to know and work with Oleg Dmitrievich Baklanov. We express our deep condolences to his family and friends!



October 28, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-18 is launched
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LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-19 is launched



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