ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

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



An executive with unique experience

November 11, 2021

An executive with unique experience The RSC Energia general designer, pilot-cosmonaut, twice Hero of the Soviet Union V.A.Soloviev celebrates his 75th anniversary on November 11.

V.A.Soloviev admits that becoming a cosmonaut was the dream of his youth. Although Gagarins mission took place while he was a teenager, and he was lucky enough to see the first cosmonaut of Earth during a May Day parade in the Red Square. But that event, and the overall explosive development of spaceflight during those years fostered his determination to become an engineer. He settled upon the higher education institution he was going to enroll into at a fairly early stage, and two years before his graduation from his secondary school he entered the Baumans Youth physics and math school, studying at which helped him to enter the Power Engineering department of his chosen higher education institution to specialize in Vacuum Engineering of Electrophysical Installations. Like many of the students of the Moscow Bauman Technical University he did his internship at the then secret enterprise in Podlipki. And in 1970 he took a job as an engineer in department 502, where propulsion systems for attitude control of spacecraft and space stations were being developed.

Vladimir Soloviev has fond memories of that time: There were many young people working at the company, graduates of Bauman University, Phystech, Mechanics and Math Department of Moscow University, the people who were highly skilled, knowledgeable, freedom-loving. It was so interesting: setting challenging problems, solving them, seeing the results of one's own labor. 1970s were the years of intense work. We could get to bed only every other night. We did all the necessary work during the daytime, at night we went to supervise the tests in the testing facilities, at the morning we went back to work and only after that we went home to get some sleep. Its a very happy kind of living when you want to get to work as quickly as possible in the morning, and in the evening you dream of going back home to your family!.

In the mid 1970s V.A.Soloviev hands in an application to enroll in the cosmonaut corps: When I brough the application to Mishin, says he, Vasili Mishin read it and said: why didnt write that you are willing to sacrifice your life for space exploration? I said: Vasili Pavlovich, I wasnt going to sacrifice my life, I was going to fly there, work there, and make sure I return back to Earth. Then he asked: why would you need to fly there? And I responded: as an engineer I work on a lot of issues, but some of the processes cannot be easily simulated on Earth, one needs long-duration zero gravity. I want to check some of our engineering ideas in space.

V.A.Soloviev enrolled in the cosmonaut corps. And in 1984 he flew his first space mission to space station Salyut-7. The entire mission plan was successfully completed, including challenging repairs aimed at restoring the normal performance of the combined propulsion system, which had been partially damaged as a result of an accident. In the course of the repairs there were six spacewalks (the record number for one mission at the time). It is interesting to note that Vladimir Soloviev had taken immediate part in the design and testing of the combined propulsion system, had drawn up its operational manual, the system failure had occurred during his work shift at MCC, and it was him who would later have to repair it in space.

The second space mission of V.A.Soloviev took place in 1986. He carried it out together with commander L.D.Kizim as a member of the first crew onboard the new-generation space station Mir. The crew performed a one-o-a-kind operation the worlds first orbit-to-orbit transfer onboard a Soyuz-T spacecraft to Salyut-7 space station and back. The crew delivered to Mir some of the scientific equipment from the overaged space station Salyut-7.

For more than 30 years now, Vladimir Soloviev has been in charge of manned missions. He is a recognized authority in the spacecraft flight control theory. In 1995 V.A.Soloviev defended a doctorate thesis, which summed up the experience in development and practical application of the Mir flight control techniques. Since 2011 he has been a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

In spite of being extremely busy, Vladimir Soloviev finds time to train the new generation of engineers, because he understands that the future of our countrys spaceflight depends on them. For many years now he has been delivering lectures at his alma mater, since 2007 he has held the chair of SM-3 at Bauman MSTU, and since 2017 he has been the scientific supervisor of the Space Research department at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

V.A.Solovievs awards include: Order of Honor (1996), Order of Friendship (2004), Legion of Honour (France, 1982), Orden of Kiri Chakra (India, 1985), Order of Silver Star (Syria, 1987), medal For Services to Space Exploration (2011), K.E.Tsiolkovsky Gold Medal from the USSR Academy of Sciences (1987), Certificate of Commendation from the Government of the Russian Federation (2006) and others.

Dear Vladimir Alexeevich, we congratulate you on your anniversary! We wish you robust health, happiness, and many more years of fruitful work aimed at solution of new problems in space!




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