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Vladimir Lavrentyevich Lapygin (born 1925), Soviet rocket engineer, talking at a meeting. Lapygin was one of the principal designers of the automatic control units for Soviet missiles and spacecraft. He was Deputy Chief Designer, then Chief Designer, of the Pilyugin design bureau, founded by Nikolaj Alekseevich Pilyugin (1908-1982). Designs by Pilyugin and Lapygin were used from the 1960s in Soviet spacecraft such as Sputnik, Luna and Vostok. Photographed in Moscow, Russia, in 1988.
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