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1. Post Office Box 45 was the Gatchina branch of the Ioffe Physical-
Technical Institute of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, which included
a nuclear reactor facility. In 1971 the branch became the Leningrad
Nuclear Physics Institute.
2. Francis Gary Powers (1929–1977).
3. Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (1894–1971).
4. Vladimir Aleksandrovich Musinov (1912–1991), major general of the
Engineering-Technical Service, head of the South Ural Construction
Directorate of the Ministry of Medium-Size Machine Building.
5. Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592), a French Renaissance writer.
6. Yuriy Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934–1968) flew the Vostok mission on
April 12, 1961.
7. Unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (UDMH), a highly toxic, volatile
chemical used in some rocket fuels.
8. Mitrofan Ivanovich Nedelin (1902–1960), the chief marshal of Artillery,
the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces, was killed during the
explosion of the R-12 missile on the launch pad on October 24, 1960,
along with dozens of military and civilian rocketry specialists. See
Asif Siddiqi, Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race,
9. Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (1906–1982).
10. Gherman Stepanovich Titov (1935–2000) flew the Vostok 2 mission in
11. Pyotr Grigoryevich Grigorenko (1907–1987), was amajor general in
the Soviet Army, a World War II veteran, and a teacher at the Frunze
Military Academy. In 1961 he publicly criticized government policies
and later became a human rights advocate and a member of the Moscow
Helsinki Watch Group. In 1964 he was stripped of his military rank and
forcibly placed in a psychiatric clinic, and later imprisoned for five years
for his dissident activities.
12. Salimgerey Toktamysovich Toktamysov (1914–1997).
13. Nikolay Vasilyevich Pavelyev (1917–1988).
14. F. Breus and Kh. Karzhaubayev, “Bitaya karta,” Pravda (December 17,
1962). In 1963, soon after the publication of this article, Toktamysov
was dismissed from his position of the first secretary.
15. Colonel General Gleb Vladimirovich Baklanov (1910–1976).
3 Engine Designer Anatoliy Daron
1. Anatoliy D. Daron, “K istorii razrabotki dvigateley pervykh stupeney
rakety-nositelya ‘Vostok’,” in Iz istorii aviatsii i kosmonavtiki, vyp 66
(Moscow: IIET AN SSSR, 1995), accessed May 21, 2014,
; Daron, “Razrabotka dvi-
gatelya po novoy skheme,” in Odnazhdy i navsegda: Dokumenty i lyudi o
sozdatele raketnykh dvigateley i kosmicheskikh sistem akademike Valentine
Petroviche Glushko, edited by Viktor F. Rakhmanin and Leonid E.
Sternin (Moscow: Mashinostroyeniye, 1998), pp. 456–497, accessed
May 21, 2014,
Daron and Rakhmanin, “Evolyutsiya konstruktsii kamery ZhRD dlya
obespecheniya poletov v kosmos,” Dvigatel, no. 5 (2007), accessed May
and Rakhmanin, “Evolyutsiya konstruktsii i vybor razmernosti kamery
dvigatelya rakety R-7,” XXXI Akademicheskiye chteniya po kosmonav-
tike (Moscow, 2007), accessed May 21, 2014,
2. Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovskiy (1857–1935); Camille Flammarion
(1842–1925); Jules Verne (1828–1905); Yakov Isidorovich Perelman
3. Moscow Higher Technical School, named after Nikolay Ernestovich
Bauman (1873–1905); currently Bauman Moscow State Technical
4. Valentin Petrovich Glushko (1908–1989). In 1967, OKB-456 was
renamed the Design Bureau of Power Machine Building (Design Bureau
Energomash). In 1974, as Glushko became the head of the Scientific-
Production Association Energiya, Energomash became part of the
Energiya Association. In 1990 Design Bureau Energomash with its fac-
tory and branches separated from Energiya and formed the Scientific-
Production Association Energomash.
5. Vladimir Andreyevich Vitka (1900–1989).
6. See Georgiy E. Langemak and Valentin P. Glushko, Rakety, ikh ustroystvo
1935). In 1938 Glushko was arrested on a trumped-up charge of wreck-
ing, sentenced to eight years of imprisonment, and released in 1944.
On Glushko, see Pavel I. Kachur and Aleksandr V Glushko, Valentin
Glushko (St. Petersburg: Politekhnika, 2008).
7. Grigoriy Nikolayevich List (1901–1993).
8. Between 1940 and 1944, during his imprisonment, Glushko worked as
the chief designer at an aircraft engine design bureau in Kazan, con-
trolled by the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs (NKVD). After
his release in 1944 he worked as the chief designer of the Experimental
Design Bureau of Special Engines in Kazan. In 1946, the bureau was
relocated to Khimki near Moscow and reorganized into OKB-456.
9. Wernher von Braun (1912–1977).
10. The “Doctors’ Plot” refers to the arrest in early 1953 of a large group
of prominent Soviet physicians, many of them Jewish, who were accused
of plotting to assassinate top Soviet leaders. The arrest engendered a
vicious anti-Semitic campaign, which resulted in the dismissal and arrest
of scores of Jewish professionals across the Soviet Union. See Jonathan
Brent and Vladimir P. Naumov, Stalin’s Last Crime: The Plot against the
11. The Experimental Design Bureau No. 301, led by the aviation designer
12. On March 31, 1953, a few weeks after the death of Joseph Stalin (1878–
1953), all charges under the “Doctor’s Plot” were dismissed and the
arrested Jews were ordered to be released.
13. The Black Hundreds was an extreme nationalist movement in support
of the Russian monarchy in the early twentieth century, known for its
rabid anti-Semitism. See Walter Laqueur, Black Hundred: The Rise of the
14. Walking to the middle of the room and speaking softly implies an effort
to avoid a recording of the conversation by the secret police, who often
placed hidden microphones into a telephone on the desk. “V. P.” is short
for Valentin Petrovich (Glushko).
15. Sergey Pavlovich Korolev (1907–1966), the chief designer of Soviet
rockets and spacecraft, the head of the Special Design Bureau No. 1
16. Tsiolkovskiy’s writings, popularizing the idea of a multistage rocket, pro-
foundly influenced Soviet rocketry enthusiasts. See James T. Andrews,
Red Cosmos: K. E. Tsiolkovskii, Grandfather of Soviet Rocketry (College
Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2009); Asif A. Siddiqi, The
Red Rockets’ Glare: Spaceflight and the Soviet Imagination, 1857–1957
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
17. The design testing batch is usually intended only for tests of rocket design,
not for launching payloads. The permission to launch Sputnik was con-
tingent upon the success of the first test launches of the R-7 ICBM. After
the first successful test of R-7 in August 1957, Sergey Korolev was able
to proceed with preparations for the launch of Sputnik. See Asif Siddiqi,
NASA SP-2000–4408 (Washington, DC: NASA, 2000), chapter 4.
18. Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin (1909–1993).
19. Yekaterina Alekseyevna Furtseva (1910–1974), the first secretary of
the Moscow City Party Committee, a secretary of the Party Central
Committee, and a candidate member of the Presidium of the Central
20. Gherman Stepanovich Titov (1935–2000) flew the Vostok 2 mission on
August 6–7, 1961. Yuriy Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934–1968) flew the
Proton rocket, formally designated UR-500, was designed by OKB-
52 in 1965, initially as an ICBM; later it was utilized as a space launch
vehicle, delivering Salyut, Mir, and ISS modules into orbit.
22. Mikhail Kuzmich Yangel (1911–1971).
23. Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (1894–1971).
24. At a 1960 meeting of the Council of Chief Designers, Korolev stated,
“Using UDMH for combat missiles is undoubtedly inexpedient. A single
fueling of the N1 launcher with UDMH would cost 5–7 million rubles”;
Georgiy S. Vetrov, comp., S. P. Korolev i ego delo: svet i teni v istorii kos-
25. Semyon Ariyevich Kosberg (1903–1965) headed the Experimental
Design Bureau No. 154 (since 1966 the Design Bureau of Chemical
Automatics, or Design Bureau Khimavtomatika), specializing in LPRE
for high-performance aircraft, in Voronezh.
26. Mikhail Vasilyevich Melnikov (1919–1996).
27. Boris Aleksandrovich Sokolov (1923–).
28. Vasiliy Pavlovich Mishin (1917–2001).
29. In March 1952, Melnikov, Sokolov, and four other engineers were trans-
ferred from NII-1 to OKB-1. See Boris A. Sokolov, “Rulevoy dvigatel
dlya ‘Semyorki,’” Za novuyu tekhniku, no. 25 (3236) (June 30, 2006).
30. Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey (1914–1984).
31. Nikolay Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov (1911–1995). On Kuznetsov, see
Vladimir N. Orlov and Marina V. Orlova, Generalnyy konstruktor N. D.
Kuznetsov i ego OKB (Samara, 2011).
32. Since 1949 Kuznetsov headed the Experimental Design Bureau No.
276 (OKB-276) in Kuybyshev (now Samara), later designated as the
Design Bureau Trud (1967–1981), the Scientific-Production Association
Trud (1981–1991), and the State Scientific-Production Company Trud
33. Vladimir Nikolayevich Orlov (1925–2005).
34. Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (1906–1982), then a secretary of the Party
Central Committee in charge of the defense industry and the space
35. Mstislav Vsevolodovich Keldysh (1911–1978).
36. In July 1962, a special expert commission, chaired by the president of the
Soviet Academy of Sciences Mstislav Keldysh, resolved the dispute over
the choice of fuel for the N1 in favor of Korolev. On the prolonged dis-
pute between Korolev and Glushko on this issue, see Siddiqi, Challenge
to Apollo, pp. 319–331.
37. The four failed N1 test launches took place on February 21, 1969; July
3, 1969; June 26, 1971; and November 23, 1972.
38. Korolev died suddenly in January 1966.
39. The first test launch of the N1 was in 1969.
40. On September 6, 2007, an engine malfunction caused a Proton rocket
to crash shortly after liftoff in Kazakhstan. According to estimates, the
fuel tanks still contained nearly 219 tons of highly toxic fuel. The crater
produced by the falling rocket was estimated to be 20 meters deep and
45 meters in diameter. Luckily, it fell in an uninhabited area, report-
edly producing “no casualties or property damage.” See Anatoly Zak,
“Proton Fails during Launch,” Russian Space Web, September 6–12,
2007, accessed September 17, 2014,
41. Neil Alden Armstrong (1930–2012) flew the Apollo 11 mission in July
1969. The N1 program was terminated in 1974.
42. On the Energiya-Buran program, see Bart Hendrickx and Bert Vis,
Energiya-Buran: The Soviet Space Shuttle (Chichester: Springer/Praxis,
43. See, for example, Vladimir Ye. Bugrov, Marsianskiy proyekt S. P. Koroleva
(Moscow: Russkiye vityazi, 2007).
44. For Soviet citizens, trips abroad were a rare privilege.
1. Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey (1914–1984) was the head of the Joint
Design Bureau No. 52 (OKB-52), which in 1965–1983 was called the
Central Design Bureau of Machine Building (TsKBM).
2. Sergei Khrushchev and William Taubman, Khrushchev on Khrushchev:
1990); Sergei Khrushchev, Nikita Khrushchev and the Creation of
a Superpower (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press,
2000); Sergei Khrushchev, Nikita Khrushchev: Trilogiya ob ottse, vol.
1: Reformator, vol. 2: Rozhdeniye sverkhderzhavy, vol. 3: Pensioner
3. Valeriy Yefimovich Samoylov (1926–).
4. Yevgeniy Fedorovich Antipov (1910–1968), a leading designer of gyro-
scopes and control systems for aircraft. The Scientific-Research Institute
No. 923 (NII-923), created in 1951 initially as a factory design bureau in
Moscow, developed autopilots and automatic control systems for military
and civilian aircraft and missiles. In 1966 NII-923 was reorganized into
the Moscow Institute of Electromechanics and Automatics (MIEA).
5. Viktor Ivanovich Kuznetsov (1913–1991) led the Scientific-Research
Institute No. 944 (NII-944) in Moscow, which in 1965 was reor-
ganized into the Scientific-Research Institute of Applied Mechanics
6. Georgiy Mikhaylovich Beriyev (1903–1979), a leading aviation designer,
led the Central Design Bureau of Naval Aircraft Building in Taganrog
7. Nikolay Alekseyevich Pilyugin (1908–1982), the chief designer of auton-
omous guidance systems for missiles and space vehicles (1948–1982), the
head of the Scientific-Research Institute of Automatics and Instrument
Building (NII AP) (1963–1982).
8. The Scientific-Research Institute No. 49 (NII-49) in Leningrad (now
St. Petersburg), in 1966 renamed the Central Scientific-Research
Institute of Instruments of Automatics (TsNIIPA) and in 1971 renamed
the Central Scientific-Research Institute Granit, specializes in radar and
control equipment for the Navy.
9. The Scientific-Research Institute No. 10 (NII-10) of the Ministry of
Ship-Building, in 1966–67 the All-Union Scientific-Research Institute
of Radio Electronics of the Ministry of Radio-Technical Industry, after
1967 the All-Union Scientific-Research Institute Altair, after 2001 the
Navy Scientific-Research Institute of Radio Electronics Altair, is located
in Moscow and specializes in electronics and missile equipment for the
10. The Design Bureau No. 1 (KB-1) was organized in 1950 to develop
Berkut, the Moscow air defense system; in 1966 it was renamed the
Moscow Design Bureau Strela, in 1971 the Central Design Bureau
Almaz, and in 1988 the Scientific-Production Association Almaz.
Anatoliy Ivanovich Savin was deputy chief designer at KB-1. In 1955 the
Special Design Bureau No. 41 (SKB-41) was formed at KB-1, and Savin
became deputy chief designer, later chief designer and head of SKB-41
(later OKB-41; the Central Scientific-Production Association Kometa),
which developed space defense systems.
11. The IS and US programs refer to the Anti-SATellite (ASAT) and
the Radar Ocean Reconnaissance SATellite (RORSAT) programs,
12. The Scientific-Research Institute of Nuclear Physics at Moscow State
13. In April 1945, Marshal Georgiy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896–1974)
commanded a Soviet assault on Berlin via the heavily fortified Seelow
Heights, in which the Soviet troops suffered enormous casualties. For
an eye-witness account of that notorious assault, see Abram Krayzman’s
interview in this book.
14. Four heavy research satellites of the Proton series were launched between
1965 and 1968. See Naum L. Grigorov et al., “Instrument for Measuring
the High-Energy Gamma-Rays in the Primary Cosmic Radiation,”
15. The Satellite Destroyer was successfully tested in 1968; a space defense
system was deployed in 1979; an early warning system for ICBM was
deployed in 1982; and an early warning system for space weapons was
deployed in 1985.
16. The first launch took place on November 1, 1963, the second on April
12, 1964. The launched IS satellites were publicly named Polet-1 and
17. Dmitriy Fedorovich Ustinov (1908–1984); Andrey Antonovich Grechko
18. The Scientific-Research Institute No. 88 (NII-88), since 1966 the
Central Scientific-Research Institute of Machine Building, is located in
Korolev (formerly Podlipki, then Kaliningrad). Its former Branch No. 2
in Zagorsk near Moscow, since 1956 the Scientific-Research Institute
No. 229 (NII-229), later the Scientific-Research Institute of Chemical
Machine Building, was a major testing facility for Soviet rocketry.
19. The Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (TsAGI) in Zhukovskiy near
20. See Boris Chertok, Rockets and People: The Moon Race, vol. 4,
21. Boris Viktorovich Raushenbakh (1915–2001).
22. This episode is also mentioned in Khrushchev, Nikita Khrushchev and
23. Semyon Alekseyevich Lavochkin (1900–1960) from 1939 to 1960 led
the Experimental Design Bureau No. 301 (OKB-301) in Khimki near
Moscow. The bureau developed fighter aircraft, jet fighters, air-to-air
and surface-to-air missiles, and the Burya supersonic strategic cruise
24. Nikolay Nikolayevich Polikarpov (1892–1944), an aircraft designer, the
head of the design bureau at the Factory No. 51 (OKB-51) in Moscow.
Chelomey led OKB-51 from 1944 to 1953.
25. Oleg Vladimirovich Penkovskiy (1919–1963), a Soviet intelligence offi-
cer, convicted of treason and espionage in 1963.
26. Aleksandr Mikhaylovich Prokhorov (1916–2002), a prominent Soviet
physicist, a Nobel Prize winner (1964), worked at the Physical Institute
of the Academy of Sciences (1946–1982), was its deputy director (1968–
1982), then director of the Institute of General Physics of the Academy
27. Vladimir Aleksandrovich Modestov (1929–2004); Igor Mikhailovich
Shumilov (1927–2002); Abdulgani Gafiyatulovich Zhamaletdinov
1. Nikolay Alekseyevich Pilyugin (1908–1982), chief designer of
autonomous guidance systems for missiles and space vehicles at the
Scientific-Research Institute No. 885 (1948–1963), the head of the
Scientific-Research Institute of Automatics and Instrument Building
2. This refers to the USSR Council of Ministers Decree No. 1017–419
(top secret) of May 13, 1946, “On Questions of Reactive Armaments.”
For the full text of the decree, see Boris Chertok, Rockets and People:
DC: NASA, 2006), pp. 10–15.
3. The Scientific-Research Institute No. 885 was organized on the prem-
ises of the former Factory No. 1 of the Ministry of Armed Forces.
4. Mikhail Sergeyevich Ryazanskiy (1909–1987) was the institute’s direc-
tor; Pilyugin was the chief engineer.
5. Sergey Pavlovich Korolev (1907–1966); Valentin Petrovich Glushko
6. Nikolay Dmitriyevich Ustinov (1908–1984).
7. On the postwar organization of the Soviet missile program, see Asif
Siddiqi, Challenge to Apollo: The Soviet Union and the Space Race,
8. Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev (1906–1989); Andrey Nikolayevich
9. Viktor Ivanovich Kuznetsov (1913–1991).
10. Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin (1909–1993).
11. A cyclogram is a coordinated timed logical sequence of operations of
12. See Georgiy M. Priss, “O sozdanii sistemy upavleniya rakety-nositelya
‘Vostok,’” Iz istorii aviatsii i kosmonavtiki, vyp. 70 (1997): 41–49; Yuriy
P. Portnov-Sokolov and Georgiy M. Priss, “Prehistory of the On-Board
Complex of Control Systems of the R-7 Launcher,” Automation and
Remote Control, no. 6 (1999): 31–41.
13. The first planned launch of Buran on October 29, 1988, was scrubbed
because an alignment instrument plate had failed to disconnect from the
rocket on time. See Bart Hendrickx and Bert Vis, Energiya-Buran: The
Soviet Space Shuttle (Chichester: Springer/Praxis, 2007), pp. 339–344.
14. The interviewer conflates two computers, Argon-11S and S-530, and
two missions, Zond-4 and Mars-2. The first Soviet onboard computer,
The S-530 computer, developed later, was launched in 1971 on Mars-2
15. Sergey Arkadyevich Krutovskikh (1928–1981).
16. Argon-11S was designed by the Scientific-Research Institute of Electronic
Machinery in Moscow, led by the chief designer Sergey Krutovskikh.
In 1968 the institute merged with the Scientific-Research Center for
Electronic Computer Technology (NITsEVT), and Krutovskikh was
appointed director of NITsEVT. Argon-11S was launched on September
2, 1968, on an unmanned version of Soyuz 7K-L1 spacecraft; see A. G.
Glazkov, “Pervaya sovetskaya BTsVM v kosmose,” XXVIII akademiches-
137, accessed May 21, 2014,
computer was part of the L1 automatic guidance system, developed
by Pilyugin’s firm. The launch was part of the L1 program of piloted
circumlunar flight, which was not publicly acknowledged at the time.
The mission was publicly announced as Zond-4.
17. The Scientific-Research Institute No. 10; after 1955 the Scientific-
Research Institute No. 944; currently the Scientific-Research Institute
of Applied Mechanics in Moscow.
18. In 1949–1966 Vyacheslav Pavlovich Arefyev (1926–) worked at the
Scientific-Research Institute No. 49.
19. Pilyugin’s firm developed its own onboard computer, S-530, for the
N1-L3 lunar landing program. The S-530 was also incorporated into
the control system of the Mars spacecraft and launched for the first
time in May 1971; see A. G. Glazkov, “Kosmicheskaya odisseya BTsVM
S-530,” XXIX akademicheskiye chteniya po kosmonavtike (Moscow:
IIET R AN, 2005), p. 115, accessed May 21, 2014,
. The Mars-71S orbiter, launched on May 10, 1971,
failed because of an erroneous command and was publicly announced as
pp. 128–130, 138–139. The failure was reportedly caused by a computer
operator error; see Vladimir G. Perminov, The Difficult Road to Mars:
Aerospace History, No. 15, NP-1999–06–251-HQ (Washington, DC:
NASA, 1999), p. 53. This failure had serious repercussions for the lead-
ership of Pilyugin’s firm. Pilyugin’s (unnamed) deputy was reportedly
fired and the head of the computer programming department demoted.
See S. I. Krupkin, “Georgiy Nikolayevich Babakin,” Vestnik FGUP NPO
im. S.A. Lavochkina 1 (2009): 39. The Mars-71P lander was launched a
few days later, on May 19, 1971, and publicly announced as Mars-2. It
crashed on the surface of Mars, apparently because of a software error;
see Perminov, The Difficult Road to Mars, p. 57; Konstantin Lantratov.
“Na Mars!” (Part II), Novosti kosmonavtiki, no. 21 (1996). The Mars-3
spacecraft, launched on May 28, 1971, successfully landed on Mars.
20. The fourth attempted launch of the N1 lunar rocket took place on
November 23, 1972. All four N1 launches failed, and the Soviet piloted
lunar landing program was terminated. See Siddiqi, Challenge to Apollo,
21. Tropa, the first Soviet integrated circuit, was developed in 1964 by the
Scientific-Research Institute of Precision Technology (NII TT), located
in Zelenograd near Moscow. The institute reportedly had “only a pho-
tograph of an IBM integrated circuit as a model”; see “O kompanii.
Istoriya—sozdanie predpriyatiya,” accessed May 21, 2014,
22. On the role of the S-530 computer in the N1 control system, see Georgiy
M. Priss, “Sistema upravleniia lunnoi rakety-nositelia N-1 kak prototip
dlia posleduiushchikh SU,” Aviakosmicheskaya tekhnika i tekhnologiya,
no. 3 (2001): 26–34.
23. The SM series of mini-computers was developed at the Scientific-
Production Association Impuls in Severodonetsk. More than 100 SM
computer complexes were installed at the Baykonur cosmodrome. See
Yevgeniy N. Filinov, “Sistema malykh EVM (SM EVM),” accessed
May 21, 2014,
25. The S-530 computer was first used on Mars robotic missions in 1971;
see A. G. Glazkov, “Kosmicheskaya odisseya BTsVM S-530,” p. 115.
26. The Special Design Bureau No. 692 (OKB-692), currently the Scientific-
Production Association Khartron. On the development of on-board
computers at OKB-692, see S. A. Gorelova, “Istoriya sozdaniya bor-
tovoy vychislitelnoy mashiny i sistemy proverki ‘Elektronnyy pusk’ na
NPO ‘Khartron,’” Vestnik NPU “KhPI” 48 (2009): 17–29, accessed May
27. On the Buran computer complex, see Hendrickx and Vis, Energiya-
Buran, p. 132. The complex included four identical computers simulta-
neously executing the same program. Their outputs were compared, and
if one computer malfunctioned, its results were discarded; the same was
done with a second malfunctioning computer.
28. Buran was designed by the Scientific-Production Association Molniya,
created in 1976 under the Ministry of Aviation Industry specifically for
29. During the development of the Buran-Energiya complex, this organiza-
tion (Korolev’s former design bureau) was called the Scientific-Production
Association Energiya. In 1994, it was renamed the Rocket-Space
Corporation Energiya. For an Energiya engineer’s perspective on the
development of the computer complex for Buran, see German Noskin,
Pervyye BTsVM kosmicheskogo primeneniya (St. Petersburg: Renome,
2011), pp. 213–223.
30. On the testing of the BTS-002 atmospheric test model, see Hendrickx
and Vis, Energiya-Buran, pp. 298–309.
31. Izdeliye (product) is a code name for a rocket.
32. Academician Vadim Aleksandrovich Trapeznikov (1905–1994), a spe-
cialist in control engineering, director of the Institute of Automatics
and Remote Control of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow from
1951 to 1987. In 1969 the institute was renamed the Institute of Control
33. Academician Boris Nikolayevich Petrov (1913–1980), a leading specialist
in control theory, worked on the theory of automatic control of missiles
and space launchers.
34. See Georgiy M. Priss, “Nekotoryye aspekty razrabotki sistemy uprav-
leniya ‘Burana,’” Aviakosmicheskaya tekhnika i tekhnologiya, no. 3
35. Academician Andrey Nikolayevich Tikhonov (1906–1993), a prominent
Soviet mathematician. Mikhail Romanovich Shura-Bura (1918–2008), a
leading Soviet computer scientist.
36. On the question of software compatibility of different Bisser models,
see B. N. Vikhorev and A. G. Glazkov, “Evolyutsiya razrabotki operat-
sionnykh system dlya BTsVM raketnykh kompleksov razrabotki NPTs
AP,” XXXI akademicheskiye chteniya po kosmonavtike (Moscow: IIET
R AN, 2007), pp. 416–418, accessed May 21, 2014,
37. On the first, aborted attempt to launch the Energiya booster with Buran,
see Hendrickx and Vis, Energiya-Buran, pp. 339–344.
38. On the successful flight of Buran, see ibid., pp. 349–356.
39. Filipp Georgiyevich Staros (true name Alfred Sarant, 1918–1979) and
Iosif Veniaminovich Berg (true name Joel Barr, 1916–1998), American
electronics engineers who spied for the Soviets during World War II.
After the war, they defected to the Soviet Union and were placed in
charge of the Special Laboratory No. 11 for electronic technology in
Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), later the Design Bureau No. 2. See
Steven T. Usdin, Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied
University Press, 2005), pp. 219–220, 227.
40. G. Samoylovich alleged that Korolev’s commitment to simple, reli-
able, fail-proof engineering solutions led to his “unwillingness to use
an onboard computer”; see G. Samoylovich, “Ot redaktora” [Editor’s
preface], in Alexander Bolonkin, Pogibshiye v kosmose, accessed May 21,
41. The Special Design Bureau No. 1 (OKB-1).
42. Boris Yevseyevich Chertok (1912–2011).
43. The Special Design Bureau No. 692, part of the Scientific-Production
Association Elektropribor (later Khartron), designed control systems for
ICBMs and spacecraft. Mikhail Kuzmich Yangel (1911–1971).
44. Nikolay Aleksandrovich Semikhatov (1918–2002), the chief designer of
control systems at the Special Design Bureau No. 626, later the Scientific-
Research Institute of Automation, currently the Scientific-Production
Association of Automation in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).
45. Boris Mikhailovich Konopolev (1912–1960) led the Special Design
Bureau No. 692; Nikolay Semikhatov headed the Special Design Bureau
No. 626. Both had previously worked at the Scientific-Research Institute
46. Yuriy Alekseyevich Gagarin (1934–1968) flew the Vostok mission on
April 12, 1961.
47. Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey (1914–1984).
48. Boris Viktorovich Raushenbakh (1915–2001), a Soviet rocketry engi-
neer, a leading specialist in manual spacecraft control and spacecraft
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