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Ivashutin, Petr Ivanovich (1903-) Russian bureaucrat. First Deputy Chairman of KGB 1959-1963. GRU Chief 1963-1988.

Born: 1903.

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  • Siddiqi, Asif A, The Soviet Space Race With Apollo, University Press of Florida, 2003.

Ivashutin Chronology

1961 March 29 - .
  • State Commission on Vostok 1 - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Ustinov; Ivashutin. Program: Vostok. Flight: Vostok 1. Spacecraft: Vostok. The commission meets from 16:00 to 18:00 to assess readiness for launch. Korolev says he is ready to launch a man, following the two consecutive successful mannequin flights. Who will be selected to be the first man in space? The commission discusses the issue at some length. Afterwards, Kamanin meets with Ustinov at 18:30 and shows him a picture album of photographs taken from Vostok on the March 9 and 25 test flights. One taken over Turkey clearly shows the city of Alexandretta and the concrete runways of the airfields, demonstrating the military potential of the system. All is ready for the flight. The Central Committee of the Communist Party has issued a decree that the first man be launched into space between 10 and 20 April 1961. Three variant press releases are prepared, for 1) attainment of a successful orbit; 2) after a successful landing; and 3) in the event of an emergency landing with a request for international assistance in recovery and return of the cosmonaut. The consensus is that the APO destruct system used in the unmanned test flights will be deleted for the manned flight. Only Ivashutin is against this. Two successful ejection tests from an Il-28 bomber were reported from LII, finally completing a key milestone required for the flight.

1966 December 10 - .
  • Soviets view scope of American Apollo program with dismay - . Nation: USSR. Related Persons: Grechko; Zakharov; Ivashutin; Vershinin; Rudenko. Program: Soyuz; Apollo; Lunar L1. Grechko, Zakharov, Shtemenko, Ivashutin, Vershinin, Rudenko and with dozens of other generals view a film prepared by the GRU on the American Apollo program. It gives the viewers a clear idea of the immense scale of the American program, which dwarfs the resources the Soviets have devoted to their counterpart. Kamanin believes it clearly demonstrates why the Soviet Union is lagging in the space race and how illusory is the hope of ever regaining the lead.

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