Head of Russian Human Spaceflight Yevgeny Mikrin Passes Away from COVID-19

Yevgeny Mikrin (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — With great sadness, Roscosmos announces the passing of Yevgeny Mikrin, Rocket and Space Corporation Energia Designer General – First Deputy Director General, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Soviet and Russian scientist in mechanics and control processes. Yevgeny Mikrin was 65.

His passing is an irreparable loss for Russia’s rocket and space industry, as well as the country’s science.

Yevgeny Mikrin was an outstanding scientist, designer and organizer who immensely contributed into developing the crewed and cargo spacecraft control system development, multimodule space complexes, automatic spacecraft of various purposes. Since 1981 he has worked for Energia.

Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin: “I was truly hurt by the news of Yevgeny Anatolievich Mikrin’s passing. We lost Designer General, a comrade, a friend. The best doctors fought for his life for several weeks, all the possible means and methods were used, but unfortunately the illness gained the upper hand.

“In this black moment I express my sincere condolences to Yevgeny Mikrin’s family. This comes as a grievous loss for us all – his friends, comrades and colleagues working with him shoulder to shoulder. He will remain in our memory forever.”

President Vladimir Putin offered his condolences to the family and friends of outstanding scientist, designer and manager Yevgeny Mikrin.

“Academician Yevgeny Mikrin made an invaluable contribution to Russian science and engineering as well as the national space programme. He rightly enjoyed strong authority and respect among his partners, friends and colleagues.

We will always keep the memory of this talented man, who was dedicated to his calling and his country’s interests, in our hearts.”

Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Yuri Borisov expressed his condolences on Yevgeny Mikrin’s passing:

“I have known Yevgeny Anatolievich Mikrin for many years since early 1990s, a very difficult time for our rocket and space industry and science. He was blending an outstanding scientific, engineering and organizing talent invaluably contributing to the development of control systems for the Russian crewed and cargo spacecraft, multimodule space complexes. While his wonderful human qualities – decency, commitment and integrity make this loss especially heavy for those who knew him personally.

May he rest in peace!”