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TsAGI Commemorates Prominent Scientist Vasily Yaroshevsky

4 July 2022

A solemn ceremony was held at TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”) during the scientific and technical council, timed to coincide with the 90th birthday anniversary of V. Yaroshevsky, the prominent Soviet scientist and Corresponding Member of the RAS.

‘Vasily Yaroshevsky was outstanding scientist who brightly represented the constellation of researchers from late 1960s. A first graduate of DAFE MIPT, he worked all his life at TsAGI. His scientific activity was especially remarked with the active involvement into the successful automatic flight and landing of the Buran unmanned space vehicle... We shall always keep in our hearts the blessed memory of this prominent world-level scientist, research organizer, and a bright and decent man,’ said D. Sc. Aleksandr Medvedsky, First Deputy General Director of TsAGI.

Yaroshevsky’s biography, his research career, family and leisure was told by D. Sc. Gennady Amiryants, Chief Researcher for Strength, Load and Aeroelasticity, TsAGI; by Dmitry Yaroshevsky, the son of the scientist, artist and head of ‘Constellation of Visions’ creative association; and by the colleagues and friends.

Vasily Yaroshevsky was employed at TsAGI in 1956, at the Rocketry Department headed by Academician A. Dorodnitsyn. The young engineer would immediately become involved in the activities related to maturation of the Burya (‘Storm’) supersonic cruise missile.

Yaroshevsky would develop and was directly involved in providing the flights of the Vostok and Soyuz spacecraft. He also researched into creating control systems for launch vehicles and spacecraft, such as L-1, Zond-5, L-3 (which was supposed to provide human lunar landing), the Mars, the Venus, and the Buran.

Apart from that, he also greatly contributed to the aircraft industry. In the 1970s, he researched into the influence of advanced supermaneuverable fighter’s main characteristics on the probability of winning a close air combat. Yaroshevsky also headed the work done by TsAGI in the ‘vortex wake’ area, and studied different distributions of circulations on wing of wake-generating aircraft.

Honored Professor at MIPT, Yaroshevsky headed the Applied Mechanics Department for many years; 13 graduates successfully defended their candidate theses under his guidance.

TsAGI Demonstration Center opened an exhibition, ‘Poised to Be Genius’, commemorating the scientist. The showpieces include his personal belongings, unique documents, photos, books, etc. The exhibition will last till July 10.

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