The station flight program generation through combination
of prime expeditions providing crew permanent stay on board
with more short-term visiting expeditions made possible
operational planning of the research program depending on
modified priorities of tasks to be solved and hardware readiness.
Owing to this it has become possible to change operatively
the lines of research on demand of experiment customers
and suppliers and to extend them in the course of the station
flight taking into account interests of other research institutions
Throughout the station operation period the experiment were
being implemented in accordance with long-term programs
of applied scientific research approved by directive bodies.
In 2000 the experiments were conducted in accordance with
the "Agreementů." between RSC Energia and MirCorp on a lease
of the Mir OC resources. The financing of the flight of
the 28th prime expedition was performed on a commercial
For lack of financing to continue the man-tended flight
the Mir OC was transferred to an autonomous flight mode
from mid-June 2000.
Development and agreement of the last Federal program of
applied scientific research scheduled for implementation
aboard the Mir on-orbit complex at the period of 1997-1999
was performed in close cooperation with the Coordination
Scientific and Technological Board that was established
in 1994 by the joint decision of RSA and RAS.
CSTB of RSA and RAS includes 10 sections headed by leading
Russian scientists and managers of prime scientific institutions.