A distinguished scientist and designer in the field of space technology. In 1991 – 2010, Yuzhnoye’s General Designer - General Director. Doctor of Engineering (1987), Professor (1991), member of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (1992), member of the International Engineering Academy (1992), member of Tsiolkovsky Academy of Astronautics (1994), member of the New York Academy of Science (1996), member of the International Academy of Astronautics (1997), member of the Russian Federation Military Academy of Science (2004), Vice-President of the International Academy of Astronautics (2005).
Stanislav Konyukhov was born in Bekrenevo village, Vologda region, Russia. After graduating from Physical Engineering Department of Dnepropetrovsk State University in 1959, Stanislav Konyukhov worked at Yuzhnoye as an engineer, senior engineer, lead designer (1959-1964), head of department (1964-1974), head of division/deputy chief designer of strategic missile and launch vehicle design division (1974-1978), head of division/deputy head of design division (1978-1984), head and chief designer of spacecraft design office (1984-1986), first deputy General Designer (1986-1991), General Designer-General Director of Yuzhnoye SDO (1991-2010).
Stanislav Konyukhov was one of the talented students of Mikhail Yangel and Vladimir Utkin. He gained experience in design, engineering, qualification, and flight development of strategic missile complexes and space launch systems.
He made a considerable contribution to design and development of several generations of Yuzhnoye’s strategic missile complexes, space launch vehicles, and spacecraft, including one of the most powerful and efficient liquid-propellant strategic missiles in the world, R36M (SS-18), and the silo-based and rail-mobile solid-propellant missile RT23 (SS-24). Konyukhov developed and substantiated principles of design, engineering, and validation of the ‘cold launch’ profile for heavy liquid-propellant missiles, which significantly improved performance characteristics of the missile complexes operated by the Strategic Rocket Forces. He was in charge of designer’s supervision and significant extension of the warranty life of the R36M (SS-18) missile in the Russian Army’s inventory.
It is largely through enterprise and energy of Stanislav Konyukhov that Yuzhnoye have entered the world launch services market and occupied its worthy place there. Konyukhov supervised the development of a unique space launch system Sea Launch with the Zenit-3SL launch vehicle; the Dnepr launch vehicle based on a decommissioned SS-18 missile; VEGA lightweight launch vehicle; development and commercial application of the Cyclone-4 space launch system, and spacecraft such as AUOS-SM-KI, Sich-1, Okean-О, Sich-2, etc.
Stanislav Konyukhov is in the front rank of pioneers and promoters of a broad international cooperation in space exploration. International activities of Yuzhnoye and Yuzhmash have made it possible for Ukraine to be one of the world's top ten space powers and take part in large international space projects such as Sea Launch, Land Launch, Dnepr, Cyclone, EgyptSat, etc.
Stanislav Konyukhov devoted much attention to training of engineering and scientific cadres. He was Chairman of Systems Engineering Department of the Professional Development Institute at the USSR Ministry of General Engineering (1987-1992), Chairman of Aircraft Engineering Department at Kharkov Aviation Institute (1995). Editor-in-Chief of the Branch Scientific and Technical Collected Articles (1991), member of the specialized Thesis Defense Board at Dnepropetrovsk State University (1988), member of the Council of Experts at the Supreme Certification Committee of Ukraine (1992), Member of a section in the Intersectoral Scientific and Technical Council for Space Research at the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Stanislav Konyukhov is an author and co-author of more than 200 scientific papers: monographs, articles, inventions.
Winner of the USSR State Prize (1977), State Prize of Ukraine (2001). Decorated with the Order of the Red Banner of Labor (1982), Order of Merit 3rd, 2nd, 1st class (1994, 1997, 2007), Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise 5th class (2009). Hero of Ukraine (2004), Honored Engineering Worker of Ukraine (1993). Decorated with the Orders of Friendship (1997) and Honor (2004) of the Russian Federation; winner of the Prize of the Council of Ministers of the Russian Federation (2005), Honorary citizen of Dnepropetrovsk (2011).
Stanislav Konyukhov rests in Zaporozhskoye cemetery in Dnepropetrovsk.