Georgy Fedorovich Katkov was the chief designer of the SKB plant No. 699 of the Moscow City Council of National Economy, Hero of Socialist Labor. Since March 1942 he had fought on the Crimean, Leningrad and Volkhov fronts during the Great Patriotic War. As the commander of a platoon of miners of the 19th separate engineering battalion of the 44th Army, technician-Lieutenant Katkov participated in the defense of Feodosia, in the mining of the front edge and important military facilities on the Kerch Peninsula. In May 1942 after the breakthrough of Hitler’s troops, he evacuated to Taman, from where he was sent to the Moscow Military District. There, due to the existing electrical education, he was assigned to the 39th separate engineering brigade of the Leningrad Front, which included a special 5th electrical battalion. In August 1942 the brigade was already operating as part of the Volkhov Front. In 1944-1955 he held the positions of head of the group, department and direction of electromechanical devices and electroautomatics both at the Research Institute and at the experimental plant of this institute. Since 1947 NII-627 had been an electrical industry organization that led the development of onboard electrical equipment for rapidly developing rocket and, subsequently, space technology. In 1955 G.F. Katkov was appointed Chief Engineer of Plant No. 699 and approved as Chief Designer of onboard electrical equipment for rocket and spacecraft created by teams led by S.P. Korolev, G.N. Babakin, M.K. Yangel, V.P. Makeev, A.D. Nadiradze and many related organizations. In 1959 he became a candidate of technical sciences without defending his dissertation. In 1964 he was appointed director of the Mashinoapparat plant. Under the guidance and direct participation of G.F.Katkov, a wide range of on-board electromechanical devices was developed, including collector and contactless electric motors, converters, relays and feedback sensors of steering machines, switching equipment, sensors of various types, electric drives, magnetic couplings, braking and damping devices and a number of special mechanisms in relation to the operating conditions of rocket engines.
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