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RSC Energia representatives spoke at the workshop dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the ISS

November 20, 2018

Representatives of RSC Energia spoke at the workshop Cosmonautics: Open Space for International Cooperation and Development organized by the State Corporation Roscosmos. The international forum dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the International Space Station (ISS) was held on November 18-19 in Moscow.

Taking part in the workshop were senior executives from Roscosmos, representatives of leading companies in the rocket and space industry and foreign space agencies, cosmonauts participants of international expeditions to the ISS.

General director of State Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin, opening the scientific program of the workshop at the Cosmonautics and Aviation Center, read the greeting message from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, which noted the importance of capitalizing on the scientific and engineering achievements of the ISS to implement new ambitious scientific research program of space exploration.

Welcoming addresses to the workshop participants and guests were given by the Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov, representatives of foreign space agencies participants in the ISS project: William Gerstenmaier (NASA), Johan Dietrich Verner (ESA), Koichi Wakata (JAXA), chairman of Scientific and Technical Council of Roscosmos Yuri Koptev and participants in the first Expedition to the station pilot-cosmonaut Sergey Krikalev and Robert Cabana.

Speakers at discussion sessions dedicated to specific subjects that were held in the course of the workshop Cosmonautics: Open Space for International Cooperation and Development included Energia representatives.

Vladimir Soloviev, first deputy general designer for flight operations and tests of rocket and space systems, as well as Vladimir Branets, who in 1998-2007 headed the spacecraft and orbital stations control systems division at RSC Energia, spoke about development of the ISS and the experience of international cooperation.

By the time the development of the station began, the Americans had a significant expertise in short-term missions, and we in long-term ones, therefore developers had to diverge from the principles adopted earlier. But the team that got together was legendary, and all our achievements were based on the approach where you dont hog the blanket but rather get down to work and solve the problem. For the first time we switched from independent to joint/shared control of a very complex space vehicle from different centers widely separated on the Earth surface.

This station was certainly ahead of its time. Used in its design were new technologies, and personally, I, in my work, used the experience accumulated during development of the Energia-Buran system. The ISS engineering status permits to continue its operation till 2030, but what happens to it, as well as to other projects, after that date will depend on the motivation and fair observance of mutually beneficial principles of partnership, said in his interview the general designer first deputy general director of RSC Energia Yevgeny Mikrin.

In his presentation at the discussion dedicated to the outlook for the development of the world manned space flight, he spoke about plans for completing the assembly of the Russian Segment of the ISS, which is going to include three additional new modules. General designer of Energia also spoke about development of transformable modules, whose volume, when deployed can be as large as 100 cubic meters, and its service life will be about five years. The speaker also noted that the ISS logistics in the near future is going to be supported by a new cargo transportation spacecraft with increased capacity, which will be capable to deliver to orbit three and a half tons of payloads.

In conclusion, the participants in the workshop summarized its results and outlined possible prospects for the development of international cooperation in manned spaceflight.

 

 

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