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NPO Saturn released a corporate publication dedicated to the 100th birthday of Mr. Pyotr Kolesov, a famous designer of aircraft engines

Site news 22.10.2015

October 22, 2015, Rybinsk. - On 22 October 2015, the Company’s Day for NPO Saturn, the P.A. Solovyev Rybinsk State Aviation Technical University hosted the presentation of the book titled “Going ahead of his time”, a new corporate publication of NPO Saturn commemorating the 100th birthday of Pyotr Kolesov.
Pyotr Alekseyevich Kolesov (1915 - 2004) is a renowned Russian designer of aircraft engines, a laureate of three USSR state prizes (in 1951, in 1971 and in 1979) and from 1960 to 1984 the chief designer at the Rybinsk aircraft engine design bureau. For the first time, the edition incorporates a collection of materials on Mr. Kolesov’s biography, the memoirs of his colleagues and family members as well as some historical reference data on the engines designed by the Rybinsk-based design bureau under the leadership of Pyotr Kolesov.
The book’s title “Going ahead of his time” was not chosen by chance. Under the guidance of Mr. Kolesov the design bureau devised the engines powering Russia’s first supersonic missile carrier, the supersonic passenger jet and the supersonic vertical takeoff and landing airplane. Each of those engines was going way ahead of its epoch marking a new step in the history of Russian engine building.

Among the authors whose memoirs have been included in the book is Mikhail Petrovich Kolesov, also an aircraft engine designer, who, in his memoirs about his father, has been able not only to reinstate the main details about Mr. Kolesov’s everyday life but also conducted an in-depth analysis of his design works. Among the book’s authors, Mr. Kolesov’s colleagues from the Rybinsk design bureau, are Genrikh Vasilyevich Sabayev, who in early 80’s was the head of a design department; ex-deputy of the design bureau’s chief designer Vitaliy Ivanovich Golovanov; ex-general designer of the Rybinsk design bureau, currently CIAM deputy general director and the head of a chair at the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) Aleksandr Sergeyevich Novikov; director of the General Electric engineering center in Russia, formerly deputy general designer of the Rybinsk design bureau Sergey Ivanovich Meshkov. Among the seventeen author’s chapters of the “Going ahead of his time” book, particular attention should be paid to the memoirs of Kira Bogacheva, Mr. Kolesov’s daughter. They not only portray the family history and its atmosphere but also draw a picture of Rybinsk back in the 70’s-80’s.

The presentation was attended by today’s NPO Saturn employees - the senior generation of aircraft engine designers as well as their young colleagues, representatives of the country’s aerospace higher education institutions and the children and grand-children of Pyotr Kolesov who’d come to the event from Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. Prior to the presentation, the guests visited the NPO Saturn design and development bureau, the NPO Saturn museum and met with the company’s general designer Yuriy Shmotin.

Mikhail Kolesov: “Our whole family, except only for Mother, has come to Rybinsk to see the company and hear what Father’s former colleagues would have say about him reminiscing on the days spent together. We are all very impressed with what we saw here: there are more new workshops, production facilities and high-tech equipment than meets the eye. Modern engineering products are designed and manufactured here. This is delightful. It’s important that Saturn honors the memory of my Dad, and that the company’s museum features the engines designed under his leadership. I personally participated in some of these developments. I’m very glad that the book has seen the light. Our family is grateful to you for that.”

Yuriy Shmotin: “It’s really symbolic that the centennial anniversary of the chief designer of the Rybinsk design bureau Pyotr Kolesov is celebrated in the wake of NPO Saturn’s hundred-year anniversary. It is a well-known fact that an aircraft engine is one of the most complex products of human thought. And Mr. Kolesov, day in and day out, during a quarter of a century was putting all his knowledge, his tremendous experience and particular designer’s gift in its creation. To understand what a talented engine designer Mr. Kolesov really was, it’s good enough to look at the line of engines he helped design and develop.”

Victor Polyakov, NPO Saturn chief executive officer: “The cutting-edge technologies used back then are crucial. Today’s Rybinsk design bureau has inherited the think-out-of-the-box mentality from Mr. Kolesov’s design school. Nowadays, the NPO Saturn design bureau represents somewhat of a mix between the Samara, Perm and Rybinsk design schools which, in fact, has helped it become one of the best in the country. And the best homage we can pay to Pyotr Alekseyevich Kolesov is our unconditional observance of all the tasks given to us by the state. As it has always been in the uneasy history of our company. To remember means to do, indeed.”

The NPO Saturn Research and Production Association (OJSC) is an engine-manufacturing company specialized in the design and development, production, and after-market support of gas turbine engines for military and commercial aviation, naval ships, and power-generating plants and gas-pumping units. The association is part of the Union of Russian Mechanical Engineers, an All-Russian public organization.
NPO Saturn is part of United Engine Corporation (JSC) and acts as the leader of the Commercial Engines Division, a business unit of UEC founded on 09.10.2012 as a result of integration of the following companies: NPO Saturn (OJSC), Aviadvigatel (OJSC), PMZ (OJSC), Metallist-PM (CJSC), Energetik-PM (OJSC), Motoservis-PM (CJSC), and Zheleznodorozhnik-PM (CJSC).

United Engine Corporation (JSC) (a Rostec State Corporation company) is an integrated organization specialized in the design and development, serial production, and after-market support of the engines for military and commercial aviation, space programs, the Navy, as well as for the oil and gas industry, and power generation. One of UEC’s prioritized fields of activity is the implementation of comprehensive programs of development of the companies in the industry by introducing new technologies meeting the world-class standards. In 2014 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 199.9 billion.

The Rostec State Corporation is a Russian corporation established in 2007 in order to facilitate the development, manufacturing, and export of high-technology industrial products of military and commercial application. Today, it comprises over 700 companies, which form 9 defense-industrial and 5 civil industry holdings, as well as 22 direct control companies. The Rostec portfolio includes such renowned brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, etc. Rostec’s subsidiaries are located in 60 regions of Russia and deliver their products to over 70 countries worldwide. In 2013 revenues of the corporation amounted to RUB 1.04 trillion. Total taxation exceeded RUB 138 billion.

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Mr. Kolesov's children - Kira and Mikhail (far right) at the company's museum 317 kb
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NPO Saturn general designer Yuriy Shmotin at the book presentation 240 kb


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