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The organization was founded in 1952 in Tomilino, near Moscow, to develop the aviation pressure suits and in-flight refueling systems for the USSR’s space research program. In the 1960s, it began to design space suits, including the one for Yuri Gagarin. In 1965, the company’s Berkut spacesuit was on the astronaut during the first spacewalk. In 1994, Zvezda was reorganized as a joint-stock company.
Today, it is Russia’s leading enterprise in developing and producing life-support systems for individual pilots and astronauts. The company’s products include space suits, ejector seats, aircraft escape sliders, lifejackets, and fire extinguishers. The enterprise’s solutions are successfully operated on thousands of military and civil aircraft and helicopters in Russia and abroad, Russian crewed spacecraft and orbital stations, and space stations.