Radio Engineer Felix Meschansky

  • Slava Gerovitch
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology book series (PSHST)


Dr. Felix Lipmanovich Meschansky was born in Moscow in 1926. He worked in the field of rocket and space radio communications from 1954 to 1986. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Geodesy Engineering in 1948 and received his candidate of science degree in 1952 and the doctor of science degree in 1972. He worked at the Central Scientific-Research Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, the All-Union Scientific-Research Institute of Radar Engineering No. 108, and the Central Scientific-Research Institute No. 885 for radio control of rockets. Dr. Meschansky became the founder of a new field of applied geodesy for radio communications and played an active part in the development of deep space communication antennas for the Soviet Deep Space Tracking Network. Since 1991 Dr. Meschansky lives in Quincy, Massachusetts. He is the editor of Geodesy Methods for Antenna Complexes (1991) and the author of a book of memoirs, The Invisible Side (2009).1
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Felix Meschansky, June 12, 2009 (photo by author).


Radio Control Chief Designer Soviet Space Radar Engineer Cuban Missile Crisis 
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  1. 1.
    See Felix Meschansky, ed., Geodezicheskoye obespecheniye antennykh kompleksov (Moscow: Nedra, 1991);Google Scholar
  2. Meschansky, Obratnaya storona (Boston: M-Graphics, 2009).Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    Yaroslav Golovanov, Korolev: Fakty i mify (Moscow: Nauka, 1994), p. 567.Google Scholar

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