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Koptev, Yuri N (1940-) Russian engineer, headed spacecraft design at Lavochkin 1965-1992, including ambitious generation of lunar and planetary probes. General Director of the Russian Space Agency 1992-2004.

Yuri N. Koptev became General Director of the Russian Space Agency. Trained as an engineer, he began work in 1965 at NPO S.A. Lavochkin, as head o the organization for spacecraft design. Beginning in 1969 he served in administration and eventually was appointed as senior engineer to the Deputy Minister at the design bureau.

Born: 1940.

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  • Launius, Roger D, NASA Chief Historian, NASA History Office Home Page, Web Address when accessed: here.

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