|Vitali Ivanovich Sevastyanov|
leadership, cosmonauts corps and team of S.P. Korolev Rocket-Space Corporation
Energia express sincere condolences to the relatives and friends on the
death of the Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, the USSR pilot-cosmonaut,
member of the RFCP Central Committee, deputy of the State Duma of the Russian
Federation Federal Assembly of the 1st - 4th convocations, USSR State Prize
winner, one of the veterans-developers and test engineers of the national
space technology Vitaliy Ivanovich SEVASTIANOV.
V.I. Sevastianov started his working activity in 1958 in famous Korolev's OKB-1, its department led by Mikhail Klavdiyevich Tikhonravov. From the very first days he took part in designing the world's first space vehicle. Just in a year, being a graduate student, he delivered a course of lectures on space flight dynamics to the first corps of cosmonauts, including Yu.A. Gagarin. It was then that space vehicles Vostok were used for the first time in the history of earth's civilization for flight performance by the first planet's cosmonaut and the first woman cosmonaut, our compatriots Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin and Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova.
In 1965, Vitaliy Ivanovich defended candidate's thesis. In January 1967, he was appointed test cosmonaut candidate and in May 1968 he was enlisted in cosmonauts corps. From 1968 to 1990, V.I. Sevastianov had passed more than 15 cycles of training in primary and backup crews under Programs L1 (circumlunar flight), LÇ (Lunar landing), programs of autonomous flights of Soyuz space vehicles, station Salyut, DOS-1, DOS-2, Salyut-4, Salyut-6, Salyut-7, Mir.
He performed two space flights. From June 1 till June 19, 1970, he had performed autonomous flight as a flight engineer of Soyuz-9 space vehicle. The space vehicle crew established the world record on duration of stay in space. From May 24 to July 26, 1975, he performed the second space flight as a flight engineer of Salyut-4 Prime Crew. That flight together with cosmonaut P.I. Klimuk offered in many respects the prospect of subsequent build-up of duration of space crew activities.
Invaluable experience of space flights was successfully implemented during building and utilization of multi-module orbital complex Mir, unique creation of the XX century. Sevastianov contributed a lot to the development of onboard photographic and video complexes, onboard computers for crew members.
V.I. Sevastianov is an extremely decent, sociable and understandable person, he took an active part in the national social and political life as the deputy of the Russian Federation State Duma; for many years he was the narrator at Central TV who ran the program "Man. Earth. Universe.". Also he occupied the position of the USSR Chess Federation Chairman. He is the author of the six inventions and one discovery, the member of a number of foreign Academies, including International Academy of Astronautics.
For his great services to the country and international community he was given the honorary title of the Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, decorated with two orders of Lenin, Orders of the Necklace of Nile (United Arab Republic) the Order of Orthodox Church" Reverend Moscow Prince Daniil" Second Class; awarded with gold medals after K.E. Tsiolkovsky from the USSR Academy of Sciences; after Yu.A. Gagarin; "For the Services in the Science Development and to Humanity" (Czechoslovakia); with the Copernican medal from the association "Man and Space" (FRG); presented with the highest award of the International Academy of Astronautics, the Award after D. and F. Guggenheim; the honorary diploma after V.M. Komarov and medal de Lavour (FAI) and many other medals.
V.I. Sevastianov is the USSR State Prize winner, the Estonian SSR State Prize winner; Merited Master of Sports of the USSR; the honorary citizen of the cities Kaluga, Krasnouralsk, Sochi, Anadir (Russia), Karaganda, Arkalyk (Kazakhstan), Varna (Bulgaria), Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco (USA).
Vitaliy Ivanovich Sevastianov will leave fond memories of himself forever as a bright personality, follower of S.P. Korolev, our colleague and associate, friend and fellow worker, famous public and political figure; pilot-cosmonaut who contributed a lot to space research and development of national cosmonautics.