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OAO S.P. Korolyov Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (Russian: Ракетно-космическая корпорация «Энергия» им. С.П. Королёва, Raketno-kosmicheskaya korporatsiya “Energiya” im. S.P. Korolyova), also known as RSC Energia (РКК «Энергия», RKK “Energiya”), is a Russian manufacturer of spacecraft and space station components. The company is the prime developer and contractor of the Russian manned spaceflight program; it also owns a majority of Sea Launch.[1] Its name is derived from Sergei Korolyov, the first chief of its design bureau, and the Russian word for energy.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Energia is the largest company of the Russian space industry and one of its key players. It is responsible for all operations involving manned spaceflight and is the lead developer of the Soyuz and Progress spacecraft, and the lead developer of the Russian end of the International Space Station. The company employs between 22,000—30,000 people.[2]

The enterprise has been awarded with 4 Orders of Lenin, Order of the October Revolution and Russian Federation President's Message of Thanks. In addition, 14 cosmonauts employed by the company have been awarded the title "Hero of the Russian Federation".[3]

Structure[edit | edit source]

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the museum of the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation

The company consists of the following subsidiaries and branches:[3]

  • Primary Design Bureau
  • Baikonur branch
  • ZAO Experimental Machine-building Plant
  • ZAO Volzhskoye DB
  • ZAO PO Kosmos

In addition, the company possesses a developed social infrastructure.[3][Clarification needed]

38% of the company's stock is owned by the Russian state.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

The company was founded on 16 May 1946 and has been known successively as:

  • Special Design Bureau number 1 of R&D Institute number 88 (Russian: ОКБ-1 НИИ-88 or OKB-1 of NII-88)
  • TsKBEM (Central Design Bureau of Experimental Machine Building) [4]
  • NPO Energia
  • S.P. Korolyov RSC Energia.

It is named after the first chief of its design bureau Sergei Korolyov (1946–1966). His successors as chief designers were: Vasiliy Mishin (1966–1974), Valentin Glushko (1974–1989), Yuriy Semenov (1989–2005), Nikolay Sevastyanov (2005–2007). Its current President and Chief designer is Vitaliy Lopota.

Korolev's design bureau was, beginning with the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 and the first manned spaceflight of Vostok 1, responsible for a major part of the Soviet space program. It was the main rival of OKB-52 (later known as TsKBM, then the design bureau of Vladimir Chelomei) during the Soviet manned lunar programs and the Soviet space station program.[5] OKB-1 was among others responsible for the development of the manned Soyuz spacecraft and its Soyuz rocket, the N1 "Moon Shot" rocket, large parts of the Salyut space station program, the unmanned Progress resupply craft and designed the Energia rocket for the Buran space shuttle program. Since the early beginnings of the Luna programme it designed many space probes, among others of the Venera, Zond and Mars program. The company continues to dominate a large part of the Russian space program, and a considerable part of the World's space program, with its Soyuz rockets and spacecraft having become the only crewed spacecraft conducting regular flights and the exclusive crew transport vehicle for the International Space Station after the Space Shuttle retirement. As of 2014 this will remain unchanged until an crewed US spacecraft from the Commercial Crew Development program will fly to the ISS – with the Chinese Shenzhou program being the only other program in the World with planned semi-regular crewed spaceflights.

Ongoing projects[edit | edit source]

  • Energia builds Russia's Soyuz TMA spacecraft for 3-person human spaceflight missions and Progress M robotic spacecraft for cargo missions.
  • Russian segment of ISS: providing its own cosmonauts for ISS expeditions; responsibility for all Russian scientific experiments.

Future projects[edit | edit source]

  • Development of manned lunar program: landing by 2025, creating of permanent lunar base by 2030 in order to extract helium-3.
  • Development of manned Mars mission: landing beyond 2035.
  • Development of a pod designed for clearing near-Earth space of satellite debris. The new device is planned to be assembled by 2020 and tested by 2023. The concept is to build the device to use a nuclear power source so that it could remain on task for up to 15 years, primarily working in the geosynchronous orbit zone. Debris collected would be de-orbited to re-enter over the ocean.[6]

Historic projects[edit | edit source]

Over the years the products of Energia and its predecessors included:

IRBMs and ICBMs[edit | edit source]

Including meteorological rockets as their modifications.

Launch vehicles[edit | edit source]

  • upper stages for different kinds of launch vehicles: blocks L and DM;

Research, Observation and Communication Earth Satellites[edit | edit source]

Deep Space Exploration Spacecraft[edit | edit source]

Unmanned Cargo Spacecraft[edit | edit source]

Manned Spacecraft[edit | edit source]

Earth space stations[edit | edit source]

Lunar Space Stations[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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