Karutin Named General Designer of GLONASS Program

Sergey Karutin, GLONASS General Designer

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the appointment of Sergey Karutin, deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building and head of its PNT Center responsible for GLONASS operations, to serve as the new general designer of the Russian GNSS program.

In his new role, Karutin will undertake the “comprehensive work of further developing the system,” according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in charge of the nation’s defense and space industry.


Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the appointment of Sergey Karutin, deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building and head of its PNT Center responsible for GLONASS operations, to serve as the new general designer of the Russian GNSS program.

In his new role, Karutin will undertake the “comprehensive work of further developing the system,” according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in charge of the nation’s defense and space industry.

His position is one of 21 supervisors of key Russian scientific and military projects who will be included in the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation.

An electronic engineer who graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University where he obtained his Ph.D. degree, Karutin has worked on the GLONASS team since 1998, starting as a software engineer in the user equipment department at JSC “Russian Space Systems.”

He worked as project manager of the GLONASS System of Differential Corrections and Monitoring (SDCM) from 2008 until 2013. He is a coauthor of an article on the use of GLONASS for precise navigation in space in the September/October 2015 issue of Inside GNSS.