The STAC operates on the footing of the approved Regulation and, in
specific cases, intervenes into solving the most complex and critical issues
of strategic and tactical planning, monitoring progress in implementing SAR
with liability to produce concrete recommendations to senior program
The STAC is chaired by Vladimir Alekseevich Solovyov,
Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor, Doctor of
Technical Sciences, First Deputy General Designer at RSC "Energia"
named after Sergey Korolev.
V.A. Solovyov was born in Moscow in 1946. Having graduated from the
Moscow Higher Technical School (MHTS) named after N.E. Bauman in 1970 he
acted as an engineer at TSKBEM (now S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation
"Energia" – RSC "Energia"). In 1978 he came into the
Cosmonaut Corps and then in 1984 and 1986 made two long-term space flights
which in total lasted more than 360 days. For the first time ever during his
second mission Vladimir Solovyov made orbital transfers on a transport ship
(Soyuz T-15) from space station Mir to space station Salyut-7
and back. He was twice awarded the title "Hero of the Soviet Union"
for heroism displayed during these flights.
In 1988 he was named as lead flight director of the "Mir"
orbital complex but since 1999 till present, he has been the lead flight
director of the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (RS-ISS).
Besides, since 1990 Vladimir Soloviev has been the flight director of the
unmanned spacecraft and upper stages designed and produced by the RSC "Energia".
Vladimir Solovyov is widely known throughout international space
scientific and engineering communities as one of top-rank experts in the area
of flight tests and space vehicle operations. Under his supervision and with
direct participation many problems connected with flight control of long
orbital lifetime vehicles were handled. Vladimir Solovyov participated in the
development of efficient tools for mission planning, various forms of
simulation, automated near real-time and post-flight interpretation of
downlink data. The RS-ISS mission-control procedure has been founded on these
tools. The techniques acquired on the basis of the rules set up by Vladimir
Solovyov were successfully introduced into the practices that enabled to
expand and successfully carry out unique research programs aboard space
Since 1988 Vladimir Solovyov has carried out tutorial activities at the
MHTS. Presently he is in charge of the "Rocket and Spacecraft Dynamics
and Flight Control" chair and is a member of several specialized thesis
He is the author of more than 100 scientific papers. He set up an
academic school incorporating research workers successfully pursuing an
assemblage of challenges associated with space mission control. There are
doctors and candidates of sciences among his followers.
Currently Vladimir Solovyov is a member of the Presidential Council for
Science and Education and a fellow of the Bureau of the Russian Academy of
Science`s Space Council. He has been elected a full member of the International
Academy of Astronautics, the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics named after K.E.
Tsiolkovsky and some other scientific communities. He is a laureate of the
State Prize of the Russian Federation and an awardee of the Russian
Federation Government Prize. Vladimir Solovyov was rewarded by the Soviet
Academy of Science`s Tsiolkovsky Gold Medal and other orders and medals of
the Russian Federation.