in IEEE Spectrum
I also wrote, illustrated and designed a book on the history of Gagarin's pioneering mission:
Pioneering Vostok missions in color!
contribution to Partners in Space focused on the Russian side of the International Space Station
I am a writer,
artist and 3D animator specialized in history of space exploration. Native of
then Soviet Union, I attended School of Journalism at Moscow State University.
Upon moving to the United States in 1993, I earned bachelor's degree from
Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. Currently, I contribute space reporting to the Popular Mechanics
and Air & Space Smithsonian magazines and publish this
web site -- a unique collection of news, historical information,
photography and interactive graphics on space exploration. In 2013, I completed writing and illustrating a large-format book on the history of Russian plans for space exploration published by Apogee Prime.
Back in Moscow,
I worked as a contributing editor for the Astronomy and Cosmonautics series
of Moscow Polytech Society and later as an aviation and space reporter
for Nezavisimaya Gazeta, the first independent daily in Russia. I visited
all leading Russian space centers including Baikonur Cosmodrome and interviewed
many legendary personalities in the Russian space program, among them
Yuri Semenov and Alexei Leonov.
artwork, animations and photography appeared in practically every major space publication
around the world, and many general news media outlets including:
- Aerospace America
- Air & Cosmos, France
- Air & Space
- BBC, UK (See online samples: Lunar base)
- Bild am Sonntag, Germany
- Channel I Ostankino, Russian television
- Discover, US
- Financial Times, UK
- Focus BBC, UK
- GEO, Germany
- Gong, Germany
- Illustreret Videnskab, Denmark
of the British Interplanetary Society, UK
- Nonproliferation Review, UK
- Popular Mechanics, Russian edition
- Science, US
- Science and Technology Trends, Quarterly Review, Japan
- Spaceflight, UK
- Space Travel Guidebook, Random House, Japan
- Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
- Technology Review, US
Century Bimonthly, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
- Wired.com, US
- X Prize Cup and Google Earth
I also provided commentary and was quoted by numerous publications, including:
The New York Times
The Washington Post, (2)
The Los Angeles Times
Popular Mechanics (2)
...also, see my interview with Space Safety magazine
The Russian Ancestors of SpaceX's New Dragon
Another Disaster for Russia’s Space Workhorse
Did the Soviets Actually Build a Better Space Shuttle?
The Hidden History of the Soviet Satellite-Killer
Inside Russian spacesuit factory
Russia Is Building an Inflatable Space Module of its Own
Photo-essay from Moscow's Air and Space Show, MAKS-2013
Inside Russia’s Spectacular Rocket Disintegration
The Spaceport in Siberia
Space cooperation: A U.S. bargaining chip in the Ukraine standoff?
Planes, Ships…and Caspian Monsters
Valentina Tereshkova’s Journal Sheds New Light on Her Historic Spaceflight
Scenes from MAKS-2013 Airshow
Disaster in Xichang ("The best long-form story on the web!" See Feb. 12, 2013, entry: longreads.com)
Mission Possible (Preview of the Phobos-Grunt mission)
Lunar Clipper (With rich tourists traveling to Earth orbit, can a cruise around the moon be far behind?)
rest of the rocket scientists (Story of the German rocket team
Tsiolkovsky (Biography of the Russian space pioneer)
Star (How Mir came down)
Copies of published articles are available in PDF format
What would Mars probe failure mean for Russian space?
Russia, India plan return to the Moon
China considers big rocket power
Russian future ship to leave the drawing board
Difficult rebirth for Russian space science
Russia to resume ISS construction
Russia plots return to Venus
Crunch time for Russia Mars probe
Russia 'to save its ISS modules'
Russia mulls rocket power 'first'
Russia to unveil spaceship plans
Russia to approve new Moon rocket
Why did the USSR build a "copy" of the space shuttle?
Forgotten cradle of the space age
Future Russian-European spacecraft (3D artwork, consulting)
Russia's Post-Shuttle Space Plans
Russia Reveals Vision for Manned Spaceflight
Russian Return to a Martian Moon
Russia to Delay Martian Moon Mission
to Join Russia in Building Next Space Shuttle
of the 2005 Paris Air Show
Propose A New Space Shuttle
Space Cooperation in Doubt
(The prospects and challenges of the International Space Station)
Russia Fill NASAs shoes? (The station outlook after the
R' Us (A review of Russia's rocket fleet)
Picks Up the Pieces (Interview with Clayton Mowry, President
gives International Space Station a lift
tourists for a ride (in space) (A look at the Russian suborbital tourist
with Russian engine gets to work (Inaugural Atlas-V launch)
Nuclear Submarine Wastes Still Far From Secure
Industry Insiders Foresaw Delay of Russia’s Phobos-Grunt
PRESENTATIONS AND CONFERENCES:
I work to inform general public, as well as policy makers and aerospace industry professionals on developments and trends in the Russian space program and about other space-related issues:
Space Security 2014: Implementation and Compliance
A Conference at the United Nations Insitute for Disarmament Research, UNIDIR, Geneva, Switzerland, March 19-20, 2014.
“Russia’s Space Plans”
Secure World Foundation, Washington, D.C., November 2011
SELECTED RADIO AND TV APPEARANCES:
I regularly appear
as a guest on various TV and radio programs around the world, including Russia Today, the Voice of Russia, CNN Next, CNN International's Foreign Correspondents, BBC, German Public Radio, Voice of America, France 25, and
on various other radio and TV shows.
The Voice of Russia:
Prospects for methane-fueled rockets
Uphill battle for Phobos-Grunt
The last launch
Yuri Gagarin: First man in Space
John Batchelor's HOTEL MARS radio show:
Proton's return to flight, (October 2013)
Station Mir, N1 Moon rocket, Soyuz
spacecraft, Venera-75 spacecraft
SIGNED COPIES NOW AVAILABLE!
MY PERSONAL ALBUM
the morning fog at Gagarin's
pad of Baikonur Cosmodrome,
witnessing the launch of the first expedition to the International
Space Station, October 2000.
the Assembly and Testing Building, MIK, at Site
31 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, during the preparations for the launch of the European Cluster spacecraft, July
the assembly floor at the Baikonur Cosmodrome before the launch of the first space tourist to the International Space Station in
Yuri Grigoriev, Deputy Designer General of RKK Energia inside the company's
Control and Testing Station, KIS, in Korolev, Russia.
the Launch Complex 39A of the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, with the Space
Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad.
Next to the flown and now lost Buran orbiter (top) and its full-scale prototype at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
the clean room of RKK Energia processing building at Site 254, Baikonur
in the field. See what can be achieved with
a simple camera. Moscow Aviation Institute
for a mysterious Soviet lunar lander at the demo room of the Moscow Aviation
At the helm of the Almaz (OPS-4)
military space station at the NPO Mash development center in Reutov, Russia.
A unique "selfie"
inside of a gigantic thermal testing chamber of the NIIKhIMMash research facility near Sergiev Posad, in the company of Vladimir Galyaev, a leading specialist.
The fuselage of the Buran orbiter, Mir
space station and other spacecraft went
through rigorous trials here. Giant mirrors inside the facility are used to imitate solar
the monument to the legendary Soviet rocket designer Mikhail Yangel on
the grounds of KB Yuzhnoe development center. Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.
First journalist on the closed Gorodomlya Island
in the Seliger Lake, which was a home of the German
rocket team in the USSR in 1946-1953.
the Soyuz spacecraft on
NASA return to the Moon on CNN's Foreign Correspondents.
"Piloting" a full-scale simulator of the Kliper winged reusable orbiter at RKK Energia's Control and Test Station, KIS, in Korolev, Russia.
Navigating the Kourou River through the rain forest of French Guiana near the European space launch site in the equatorial South America.
Next to the very descent module of the Vostok spacecraft which carried Yuri Gagarin into space and back to Earth during the historic first human mission into space on April 12, 1961.