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SpaceDTP-2016 combines tours of Russian space facilities and working discussions which cover current and historical Russian space programs and important issues dealing with international cooperation in space. Our tours this year include: Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City, Bauman Moscow State Technical University Orevo Laboratory, Russian Mission Control Center (TsUP), Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Lavochkin Scientific and Industrial Association, Energomash Scientific and Industrial Association, Scientific and Industrial Association "Zvezda", Khrunichev State Research & Production Space Center, Monino Air Force Museum.

Bauman Moscow State Technical University
Founded in 1830 as an Emperor's Vocational School and located almost in the heart of Russia's capital, Moscow State Technical University named after N.E. Bauman (MSTU) was always known as an Engineering University of educational excellence, having a potential for real greatness. A long-term history of University provides many examples of creating a number of the world-known scientific schools which contributed to developing of different fields such as space engineering, heating engineering, biophysics, aerodynamics, radio physics, radio electronics, optics, laser technology, dynamics and strength of materials. The University has an outstanding faculty of 3500 men and women, many of whom are recognized for their scholarship. It numbers 350 Doctors of Science and 1800 Ph.D.s. Presently there are approximately 18000 students, concentrating their studies in science and engineering, and 1000 post graduates, working on their Ph.D. thesises at BMSTU. The most-stated reason for them to enter here was the University's academic reputation. The University provides close co-operation activities with Russian Academy of Sciences and Industry. Opportunities offered by MSTU attracted more than 300 international students from 20 countries all over the world. According to MSTU curriculum, its academic offerings are: bachelor's degree programs, master's programs, Ph.D. programs, pre-University programs, and internship. All training programs meet state educational standards and carry national accreditation.

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Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City
The Yuriy Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City (Zvezdny Gorodok) is the community where cosmonauts live with their families and train for upcoming space missions. Center activities include cosmonauts training in fields as follows: space vehicle control operations, space vehicle systems operation, conducting scientific experiments in space, training for life in space. The SDTP-2016 tour will include visits to the Soyuz spacecraft training area, the Mir space station training area, the hydrolaboratory neutral buoyancy facility and the center grounds.

Orevo Research and Educational Facility
of Bauman Moscow State Technical University 

Orevo Research and Educational Facility of Bauman University is located in Dmitrov which is about 80 km north of Moscow and is an active training facility for the university's engineering students. Included in this tour is a R-7 booster, Molniya booster acceleration block, planetary probes, early Soyuz spacecraft sections, and one of the few surviving LK manned lunar spacecraft. Participants are invited to carefully inspect all space hardware on display.

Mission Control Center
Mission Control Center is known all over the world. The first international flight Soyuz-Apollo was controlled from the MCC. Built in 1973, MCC has practically controlled missions of Mir and Salyut orbital stations, Soyuz TM manned spacecrafts, Progress space transport vehicles, space scientific modules for orbital complexes, reusable space shuttle Buran and unmanned interplanetary space probes Venus, Mars, Zond, Vega and Phobus. MCC does its own scientific research and solves specific space flight control tasks.

Rocket and Space Corporation Energia
(Korolev, Moscow Region)
This is Russia's leading company that designs, manufactures, tests, launches and operates manned spacecrafts. Energia products include Vostok, Voskhod, Souyz and Progress transport vehicles, R-7, N-1 and Energia launch vehicles, Salut, Mir space stations. RSC Energia is the Russian primary contractor on ISS, Sea Launch and other international projects. There is an authentic space hardware in the display hall including Vostok capsules flown by Yu. Gagarin, V. Tereshkova, Voskhod capsule flown by A. Leonov and P. Beliaev, the first artificial satellites and Salut space station.

Scientific and Production Association "Zvezda"
(Tomilino, Moscow Region)
Scientific and Production Association “Zvezda” researches, designs and produces life-support systems for aviation and space applications. It has been developing ejection seats for fighter aircraft since 1952. The products of the enterprise today cover the entire spectrum of aviation-related requirements for life support, from clothing (flying suits, anti-gravity suits, space suits, helmets) to ejection systems, oxygen systems, and survival kits. “Zvezda” is the sole developer of aviation/space-related life-support systems in the former Soviet Union.

Lavochkin Industrial and Scientific Association
(Khimki, Moscow Region)
This company is Russia's leader in development and production of space probes and rovers. Principal directions of activity of Lavochkin include: design and manufacturing of automated spacecraft; analysis of spacecraft trajectories; testing of equipment at levels of system; subsystem and unit preparation of spacecraft for a mission, including pre-launch checkout and testing at the launch site, control of spacecraft from the Center for Deep Space Communications (Yevpatoria) and from the Mission Control Center (Moscow region). Lavochkin possesses a number of testing facilities: centrifuge for stress and functional testing of assemblies under linear accelerations; vibration tables; chambers for testing systems against hot and cold temperatures. Lavochkin products include Luna-15, 16, 17, Venera-13,14,15,16, Mars, Vega, Phobos, Granat, etc

Khrunichev State Research & Production Space Center
Formally established in 1993, the company originates from Khrunichev production plant founded in 1916 and Salyut design office established in 1951. Currently Khrunichev is one of the world's leaders in launch vehicle and spacecraft development. Principal directions of company's activities include manned spacecraft (Salyut, Almaz, Mir, Zarya), launch vehicles (Proton, Rokot), ground launch support infrastructure, spacecraft and rockets manufacturing and ground testing, space communications, remote sensing and launch services.

Monino Air Force Museum
(Monino, Moscow Region) 
Monino Air Force Museum exists since 1958 and now is the biggest aviation museum on the territory of the former USSR. The museum presents the origin and development of aviation in Russia, formation of domestic aviation science and industry between the World War I and the World war 2, the Air Force contribution to the rout of Nazis, the advent after the war of novel jet aviation and evolution of the latter up to the present day. Museum's collection numbers more than 160 aircraft, 120 engines, a lot of model aircraft, air guns, missiles and rockets, bombs, fuses and ammunition, navigation instruments, pieces of radio and communication equipment, rescue equipment, flight insignia, uniform, combat banners and flags, documents, letters, personal things of pilots, as well as many art exhibits.

Energomash Scientific and Industrial Association
(Khimki, Moscow Region) 
Energomash Scientific and Industrial Association is the leading Russian enterprise in development of powerful liquid-fuelled rocket engines (LREs). Principal directions of its activity include: theoretical research in the field of liquid-fuelled rocket engines; development of liquid-fuelled rocket engines for first and second stages of launch vehicles using both hyperbolic and cryogenic propellant components; development of three-component liquid-fuelled rocket engines; experimental work on liquid rocket engine designs, their components and subassemblies; expert evaluation of results from testing of units and subassemblies of LREs. Energomash has designed and manufactured liquid propellant rocket engines for launch vehicles such as Vostok, Voskhod, Souyz, Cosmos, Molniya, Tsiklon, Proton, Zenith, Energia.