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S.P.Korolev Energia Review of MAKS 2007

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:58 pm
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(S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia) – S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia has completed its work at the 8th International Aerospace Show (MAKS-2007), which was held during the period of August 21 through 26, 2007 in Zhukovsky, Moscow region.

Visitors to the exhibition showed great interest while getting acquainted in the Corporation booth with current and future projects of the company.

Unmanned space systems projects were represented by a full-scale mockup of an Earth Remote Sensing (ERS) spacecraft, models of spacecraft for space communications and other purposes. The projects are being developed on the basis of a multi-purpose satellite bus Victoria, which has been certified by many years of its flight in space.

Manned space systems exhibit showed models of the International Space Station (ISS), and Soyuz and Progress spacecraft.

Rocket systems were represented by models of a sea-based space launcher system Sea Launch and an upper composite module for orbital insertion of two communications satellites using upper stage Block DM.

Unique characteristics of the on-board pneumohydraulic equipment manufactured by the RSC Energia Experimental Machine-building Plant generated business interest among specialists of aerospace companies and organizations.

Special attention was drawn by a full-scale mockup of the first Earth artificial satellite, which was launched 50 years ago, marking the beginning of Space Age in the history of the Earth’s civilization. The satellite was developed by OKB-1 (today this organization is known as RSC Energia) and put into a low-Earth orbit on October 4, 1957, using the first space launch vehicle Sputnik (R-7).

Explanations to the booth’s visitors were given by the leading specialists and members of the Corporation cosmonaut team. Plasma displays showed documentary footage shot in space during missions to the Mir space station and ISS.

Managers and leading specialists of RSC Energia held working meetings with manages and representatives of the Federal Space Agency, leading space agencies from abroad (NASA, ESA), Russian and foreign companies and partner-organizations (DLR, LMS International, Sea Launch, Tactical Missile Weapons Corporation, MKB Iskra, etc.). There they discussed issues involved in current and future projects to develop, operate and use rocket and space technology, mapped out ways of mutually beneficial cooperation.

At a news conference held by the Federal Space Agency on August 22, the head of the Agency A.N.Perminov and heads of the leading companies in the industry talked with newsmen about the present state of the Russian space science and about its future. RSC Energia President and Designer General V.A.Lopota called newsmen’s attention to the fact that in designing a new-generation manned space transportation system the designers must proceed from the requirement to assure its maximum reliability and flight safety, while optimizing costs and taking into account the prospects for its future use in a wide range of applications.

After the news conference V.A.Lopota gave brief additional explanations to representatives of the Novosti Kosmonavtiki magazine and Kaliningradskaya Pravda newspaper, expanding on the issues touched upon during the conference.

A specialized section dedicated to the university science and creative work of young people in the field of aviation technology displayed exhibits prepared by young specialists of the Corporation – they presented their designs and examples of the actually working space hardware.

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