Boris Gubanov, Soviet rocket engineer

Boris Gubanov, Soviet rocket engineer

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Caption: Boris Ivanovich Gubanov (1930-1999), Soviet rocket engineer. Gubanov worked at the Yangel design bureau, and was First Deputy Chief Designer and General Designer from 1972 to 1982, working on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and space launchers. From 1982 to 1993, at the Korolev design bureau, he oversaw developments and flight tests of the Energia rocket system. This was designed to lift the Buran space shuttle into orbit, but the program was cancelled after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Photographed in Russia, in 1988.

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