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They Were the Chiefs: Content-Analysis of the Soviet Cosmonautics Founders’ Recollections

Grebenchenko Irina Viktorovna

Researcher at the State Budget Cultural Institution "Cosmonautics Memorial Museum"

111, Prospekt Mira ul,  Moscow, Russia, 129515




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The article studies the formation of the “Council of Chief Designers” cooperation that was a collective body and an unofficial coordination center determining technical and methodical course the Soviet space branch followed (Sergey Pavlovich Korolev, Vladimir Pavlovich Barmin, Valentin Petrovich Glushko, Nikolai Alekseevich Pilyugin, Mikhail Sergeevich Ryazanskiy and Viktor Ivanovich Kuznetsov as well as Boris Evseevich Chertok and Mstislav Vsevolodovich Keldysh). The author analyzes their relations and reveals the role of communication for this process on the basis of private sources (letters, diaries and recollections) by means of content-analysis and statistical analysis. The period understudy is the years before 1966 when the Council was in its first “Korolev” composition. In spite of the fact that Soviet and Russian cosmonautics can boast a period of over 60-year development, top secrecy has resulted only in official biographies of the Council members. Works studying them as people, individuals with their own traits, fate and relations have not been written yet. 

Keywords: rocket, personal interaction, professional interaction, communicative factor , behavior pattern, content-analysis, full-text database, cosmonautics, Korolev, the Council of Chief Designers
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