Famous Russian Aerospace Engineers

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Vladimir Komarov
(First Cosmonaut to Fly into Space Twice and the First Human to Die in a Space Flight)
Vladimir Komarov
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Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 24, 1967

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was the first from his country to fly into space twice. He died when his Soyuz 1 capsule crashed while re-entering the Earth, due to a parachute failure, on April 24, 1967, which made him the first human to die in a space flight.

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Sergei Korolev
(Lead Rocket Engineer and Founder of the Soviet Union’s Space Program)
Sergei Korolev
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Birthdate: January 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zhytomyr, Ukraine
Died: January 14, 1966

Sergei Korolev was a Soviet spacecraft designer and rocket engineer who played an important role during the Space Race between the Soviet Union and the United States of America in the 1950s and 1960s. He was largely responsible for developing the R-7 Rocket and launching Yuri Gagarin into space. Sergei Korolev also launched Belka, Strelka, and Laika into space.

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Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
(Russian Rocket Scientist Who Pioneered Astronautic Theory)
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
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Birthdate: September 17, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Izhevskoe, Russia
Died: September 19, 1935

Konstantin Tsiolkovsky was a Russian rocket scientist. Credited with pioneering astronautic theory, Tsiolkovsky is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of astronautics and modern rocketry. His works served as an inspiration to several other Soviet rocket engineers like Valentin Glushko and Sergei Korolev. Hence, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky's work played an influential role in the Soviet space program.

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Andrei Tupolev
(Designer)
Andrei Tupolev
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Birthdate: November 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tver Governorate
Died: December 23, 1972
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Valentin Glushko
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Birthdate: September 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odesa, Russian Empire
Died: January 10, 1989
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Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev
(Aeronautical engineer)
Aleksandr Sergeyevich Yakovlev
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Birthdate: April 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 22, 1989
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Kerim Kerimov
(Engineer)
Kerim Kerimov
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Birthdate: November 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: March 29, 2003
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Mikhail Mil
(Former aerospace engineer, founder the Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant)
Mikhail Mil
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Birthdate: November 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
Died: January 31, 1970
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Konstantin Feoktistov
(Russian Cosmonaut and Space Engineer Who Was Part of the First Multi-Manned Spacecraft, 'Voskhod 1')
Konstantin Feoktistov
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Birthdate: February 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Voronezh, Russia
Died: November 21, 2009

Part of a Soviet boy scout during World War II, cosmonaut Konstantin Feoktistov narrowly escaped death in the hands of Germans at 16. He later became part of the world’s first multi-manned spacecraft, Voskhod 1. As an engineer, he designed the Salyut and Mir space stations.

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Vladimir Chelomey
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Birthdate: June 30, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Siedlce, Poland
Died: August 12, 1984
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Alexei Tupolev
(Designer)
Alexei Tupolev
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Birthdate: May 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Soviet Union
Died: May 12, 2001
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Mikhail Simonov
(Aircraft designer)
Mikhail Simonov
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Birthdate: October 19, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Died: March 4, 2011
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Oleg Ivanovsky
(Engineer)
Oleg Ivanovsky
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Birthdate: January 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 18, 2014