It should be noted that in 1995, in spite of a persisting
tendency of decreasing the state financing, the down trend
of experiments performed aboard the Mir OC that had began
in 1989, stopped. Insufficient funds were compensated for
by RSC Energia through of Contract activities.
More than 60% of the entire scope of research both under
the Russian, and International programs were performed on
the MIR Station from 1995 through 2000.
Within the final period (1997 - 2000) after the MIR final
configuration as a research laboratory was completed, 138
space experiments were implemented under the science and
application research program.
In the end-of-flight phase 161 items of science hardware
were available aboard MIR Orbital Complex. Among these were:
- Operational hardware
- · Hardware located in the Spektr Module
- · Hardware which was no longer operated
(due to the completion of an experiment,
expiry of warranty period of SH operation)
- Hardware to be tested and validated
During the science hardware preparation for the MIR OC
unmanned flight 154 items of science hardware were deactivated
(deactivation was carried out in accordance with the Lead
Operational Control Team approved documentation). Part of
the hardware was transferred to the Core Module from other
modules in order to keep its functionality.
Within the 15-year MIR OC flight period despite of the off-nominal
situations occurred and continuously deteriorating budgetary
funding more than 31200 experiment sessions were performed
in the basic areas of research. Among these more than 23600
sessions were conducted under the federal program.
New results were acquired within this period, which both
made a major contribution to the national fundamental science
and are of high practical value in terms of their implementation
in various branches of the national economy, education,
public health, development and improvement of space facilities
accompanied by a wide information distribution about the
research results of the Russian International Science Communities
in the form of numerous publications and reports at the
National and International Conferences.
As a result of implementing all research programs on the
Station from 1986 through 2000 :
- the content of science information that was downlinked
via the telemetry channels was 1690 Gbyte
- the total mass of the returned cargoes with the experiment
results was more than 4700 kg.