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Space Development: Theory and Practice 2005

    The 8th  Annual International Workshop Space Development: Theory and Practice (SDTP) was held again in 2005 under the aegis of the Federal Space Agency in Korolev, Moscow Region, from July 2 till 12. This year representatives of Slovenia, Scotland, United Kingdom, USA and Russia were among the participants of the workshop. All of them were  interested in Space investigations, and wanted to know more about the process of “Baumanets” microsatellite design.

    The main goal for the organizers of SDTP-2005 was to make its program versatile and informative for everyone who took part in it. The official Opening Ceremony of the workshop took place in Federal Space Agency where the Agency Head Anatoly Perminov made a presentation devoted to the current status and prospect of Russian Space Development Program and answered the questions of those who wished.

     During the conference the participants had an exclusive opportunity to visit such Russian enterprises associated with Space industry as Scientific and Production Association “Zvezda”, which designs and produces helmets, spacesuits and emergency evacuation systems for aviation; Khrunichev Space center which is one of the world’s leaders in launch vehicle and spacecraft development; Rocket and Space Corporation “Energia”, Russia’s leading company that designs, manufactures, tests, launches and operates manned spacecrafts; Research and Development Center ScanEx, the activity of which is devoted to design and control of stations for receiving and processing the pictures of the Earth Surface .

    Living in the hotel of the Skill Development Institute of Machine- and Instrument Building (IPK) which is ideally suited to support the workshop, the conferees were able to visit Monino Air Force Museum, the biggest aviation museum on the territory of the former USSR; Orevo Facility of Bauman Moscow State Technical University,  an active training centre for the university’s engineering students; The Yuriy Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City (Zvezdny Gorodok), where the participants of SDTP workshop could see the Mir space station training area, the hydro laboratory neutral buoyancy facility, the centrifuge and other unique equipment.  There also was organized an excursion to the  world’s famous Mission Control Center, in the program of  which the demonstration film about life of cosmonauts and astronauts on the orbit was included.

    SDTP-2005 workshop also included the meeting with cosmonauts Sergey Krikalev and Alexander Lazutkin,  astronauts Bill McArthur, Jefferey Williams and the participant of visiting occupier Gregory Olsen. A lot of  fascinating descriptions about flights into Space, trainings and life in The Yuriy Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and many other facts as well as the opinion of these specialists about the future of Space exploration became an unforgettable impression for all who could visit this discussion.

    One of important parts of SDTP-2005 was the course of lectures given by the specialists of  Khrunichev Space center and Research and Development Center ScanEx, devoted to the goals, tasks, problems and prospects of microsatellites design and development, as well as the construction of optic, electronic and transmitting devices used onboard the space vehicles. During the course of studying there also was paid special attention to the principles of receiving,  processing and practical use of the pictures, accepted with the help of receiving terminals. The participants of the workshop  were even able to operate the receiving terminal “Liana”.

    Talking about spending free time, it’s necessary to mention excursions to Red Square, Kremlin’s Cathedrals, Arbat-street, Tretyakov Art Gallery, Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Laura and other famous places. It should specially be told about visiting the Bolshoi Theatre and very cheerful boat trip down the Moscow river with barbecue in the end root.

    SDTP-2005 was a very good chance for people from all over the world not only to communicate with each other but also to exchange their experience in Space development at the Scientific Conference which took place at the end of the workshop.   

    The 9th  Annual International Space Workshop SDTP-2006 is planned to be held in July the next year. And among aforementioned points of program it will include visit to Lavochkin Scientific and Production Association, Russian’s leader in development and production of space probes and planetary rovers.

Anna Grechisheva.

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