Top specialists of Russian Mission Control Center, Energia Rocket Space Corporation, Cosmonauts Training Center, well-known Russian cosmonauts with great experience of unique long-term flights in space can come to your University/College/School and give a number of lectures about space exploration.


Vladimir Lobachev              Vladimir Soloviev               Alexander Volkov
Alexander Ivanchenkov        Alexander Martynov          Viktor Savinyh
VLADIMIR LOBACHEV - Director of Mission Control Center

VLADIMIR LOBACHEV was born on the 8th November, 1937. He graduated from the Aviation University of the city of Kazan specialising in "Designing of Flying Apparatus". From 1961 to 1967, Mr. Lobachev worked at the space enterprise "Energiya". Under the leadership of Mr. Sergei Korolev, designer of Russian space vehicles, Mr. Lobachev took part in designing of Russian space vehicles such as MOLNIA, LUNA, VENUS, etc. Mr. Lobachev has been working at the Russian Mission Control Centre since 1967. He has provided control and management of all Russian manned space vehicles and stations with Russian and foreign cosmonauts and automatic space vehicles such as BURAN, MARS, FOBOS, VENUS, etc. Mr. Lobachev is a well-known specialist and scientist in the field of information designing (computer systems which can be used to control a flight of space vehicles). He is a university professor and a member of the Russian Academy of Science and of the International Information Academy. Mr. Lobachev has received governmental awards for the development of space technology.

VLADIMIR SOLOVIEV - cosmonaut, Flight Control Director of Space Station "Mir".
Foto VLADIMIR SOLOVIEV was born on the 11th November, 1946. He graduated from the Moscow University of High Technology in 1970 specialising in "Control Systems for Space Vehicle Engines". Mr. Soloviev has worked at the space enterprise "Energiya" since 1970. He took part in designing of such space vehicles and stations as SOJUZ, SALUT, MIR. In 1978 Mr. Soloviev joint the team of Russian cosmonauts. In 1984 he spent 8 month on board of the space station SALUT-7.In 1986 he was the first Russian cosmonaut who flew on board of the new space station MIR. Since 1986 Mr. Soloviev has been working as a flight control director of the space station MIR. He is a member of the Russian Academy of Astronautics. Mr. Soloviev has received governmental awards for courage and heroism during testing of space vehicles and awards for the development of space technology.
ALEXANDER VOLKOV - cosmonaut, Commander of the Cosmonauts Team, Russian Training Centre for Cosmonauts.
Foto ALEXANDER VOLKOV was born on 27 May, 1948. He graduated from the High Military Aviation School named after S. I. Grivteev in 1970. Military rank: colonel. As a cosmonaut-researcher he had a space flight on board the orbital research complex "Soyuz T-14", "Salut-7" from 17 September to 21 November, 1985. He had his second space flight as Commander of the Soviet-French team on board of the orbital research complex "Mir"from 28 November, 1998 to 27 April, 1989. During the flight a large program of scientific research was carried out and also the Soviet-French program with cosmonaut-researcher Jean-Louis Cretien was realised. He had his third flight as Commander of Expedition from 2 October, 1991 to 25 March, 1992. During this space flight Soviet-Austrian and Russian-German programs were realised together with cosmonauts researchers Frants Fibek and Klaus Ditrih Flade. Alexander Volkov was awarded a rank of Hero of the Soviet Union and Space Pilot of the USSR, Order of Lenin, Order of October Revolution and the "Golden Star" medal for the courage and heroism shown during these flights. He had been working as Commander of the Cosmonauts Team at the Cosmonauts Training Center from January 1991 until August 1998. His work was to prepare Russian and foreign cosmonauts for future flights to space stations "Mir" and "New International Space Station".
VICTOR SAVINYH - cosmonaut, Rector of the Moscow University of Geodesy, Cartography and Aerial Photography.
Foto VICTOR SAVINYH was born on the 7th March, 1940 in the village Berezkiny, Kirovsky Region. He graduated from the optic-mechanical department of the Moscow University of Geodesy, Cartography and Aerial Photography on 1969. Mr. Savinyh is a professor, Doctor of Science, cosmonaut. He has been working at Rocket Space Corporation "Energia" since 1969 and then was taken on the cosmonauts team. Mr. Savinyh participated in three space flights: he spent 75 days on board space station SALUT-6 in 1981: 169 days - on board space station SALUT-7 and 10 days - on board orbital complex SOYUZ-MIR-QWANT as a participant of the Soviet-Bulgarian team in 1988. Victor Savinyh is an academician of International Academy of Astronautics. At present time he is also a member of International Eurasian Academy of Sciences, International Information Academy, Russian Engineering Academy, Academy of Cosmonautics named after Thsiolkovsky.
ALEXANDER MARTYNOV - Head of Foreign Relations Department, Administration of Korolev.
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Foto ALEXANDER MARTYNOV was born on the 24th December, 1944. He graduated from Moscow University of High Technology in 1968, specialising in "Automatic Control Systems for Flying Apparatus". He worked in Russian Mission Control Centre from 1968 until 1992 as Head of Ballistics Department. He designed re-entry modules and controlled their flights to provide soft landing on the Earth, Mars, Venus and other plants of the Solar system. Since 1992 until 1994 Mr. Martynov was the Director of the Foreign Relations Department of the Research Institute of Machine Building of the city of Korolev. His job was marketing for space technology and organising international projects in this field. Since 1994 Mr. Martynov has been working as the Head of the Foreign Relation Department for the Administration of Korolev and his job is marketing and organisation of international projects in different fields such as industrial and economic development, educational and cultural programs, etc. Mr. Martynov is a Doctor of Technical Science. He is the author of 120 scientific articles and 6 books dedicated to spacecraft motion control in planetary atmospheres. He is also involved in the space program that works out the efficient probing method to predict dangerous phenomena such as hurricanes, dust storms, industrial pollution, etc.

ALEXANDER IVANCHENKOV, a pilot-cosmonaut of the USSR (I 978).
ALEXANDER IVANCHENKOV was born on the 28th of September in 1940 in the city of Ivanteyevka near Moscow.  In 1958, he finished middle school with a gold medal.  He entered the Moscow Aviation Institute, on graduating from which in 1964, he began to work at the Korolev Design Office.  He was engaged in designing space technology products.  In 1971, he transferred to the test flight division of the Design Office run by S. Anohin.  In March of 1973, Ivanchenkov was taken on the test cosmonauts' group of the Central Design Office of Experimental Machine Building.  He was taken into the crew for the first time when the program, called ApolloSoyuz Experimental Flight, was being realized.  He and Yu.  Romanenko were in the back-up crew of the Souyz-16 spacecraft that made a six-day practice flight in December of 1974 by the Soyuz-Apollo program.  Four times from 1975 to 1978, Ivanchenkov was as a flight engineer in back-up crews together with Yu.  Romanenko (the Soyuz-19 and Soyuz-25 spacecrafts) and V. Kovalienok (the Soyuz-26 and Soyuz-27 spacecrafts).  From 1978 to 1982, he flew twice as a flight engineer.
In 1978, Ivanchenkov and Kovalienok, crew's commander, went into orbit on board the Soyuz-29 spacecraft and made a record 140-day flight on board the Salut-6 orbital station.  During that flight, Ivanchenkov went into outer space for 2 hours and 5 minutes.  Two expeditions visited the station: Soviet and Polish cosmonauts (P.  Klimuk and M. Guermashevskiy) on board the Soyuz-30 spacecraft, Soviet and German cosmonauts (V.  Bykovskiy and Z. Yen) on board the Soyuz-31 spacecraft.  Ivanchenkov returned to the Earth on board Soyuz-3 1.
In June of 1982, the cosmonaut made the second flight on board the Soyuz T-6 spacecraft and the Salut-7 orbital station.  Duration of the flight was 8 days.  On board the station there was a crew of the main expedition consisting of A. Berezovoy and V. Lebedev.
Then Ivanchenkov was trained for flights on board the Buran orbital spacecraft.  He was preparing as a flight engineer of the main crew for the first manned flight on board Buran.  When the Buran Space Shuttle program was over in 1993, he left the cosmonauts' group.  Now be goes on working as deputy chief of a department at the Energiya Rocket and Space Corporation.  He is engaged in training cosmonauts for long space flights.  He is a cosmonaut of the first class.
Ivanchenkov is twice Hero of the Soviet Union (1978, 1982), a Hero of Labor of the German Democratic Republic.  He has been awarded a Tsiolkovskiy gold medal by the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, two Orders of Lenin, an Order of Honorary Legion's Commander (France), a Polish Gryunvald Cross of the first class and the other orders and medals.  He is a member of the Presidium of the Council of the France Friends Society.  His bronze bust has been installed in the city of Ivanteyevka, his birthplace.