MAI signed an agreement of cooperation with German Aerospace Center


69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018), the largest event in the aerospace industry, uniting scientists, engineers and specialists from national space agencies and research centres around the world, was held in Bremen, Germany between October 1 and 5, 2018. A delegation of Moscow Aviation Institute, headed by Vice-Rector for Scientific Affairs Yuriy Ravikovich, took part in plenary and sectional platforms of the Congress and in working meetings with representatives of aerospace industry. 

The format of the event was attended by 4,000 delegates, but more than 6,000 delegates from all over the world visited IAC2018. The delegation of MAI consisted of 9 people, including both heads of research directions and young scientists. Harry Popov, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Director of the Research Institute of Applied Mechanics and Electrodynamics of MAI, and Oleg Alifanov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of Department 601 at MAI, whose scientific interests concern space technologies, were moderators of individual sections at the conference.


Within the framework of the Congress, Yuriy Ravikovich, on behalf of Moscow Aviation Institute, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft - und Raumfahrt, DLR). DLR is the leading national centre for aerospace, energy and transport research in Germany, which unites 40 leading institutes in 14 cities of Germany and has 4 branches in Brussels, Paris and Washington. In terms of its position and influence, the organization can be compared with State Space Corporation ROSCOSMOS. 

During the year preceding the Congress, several working meetings were held between MAI and DLR, during which possible areas for cooperation in the field of aerospace research were discussed. The Memorandum of Cooperation highlighted three areas in which MAI along with DLR, will be implementing joint research programs: Electric engines, Inflatable expanding braking elements and Degradation (loss of properties) of materials under the influence of radiation.

“The signing of Memorandum is an important step in the scientific cooperation between Moscow Aviation Institute, as the leading university of the Russian Federation, and German Aerospace Center, as it allows us to start specific joint research projects in priority areas that are most relevant for us" - said Yuriy Ravikovich.

The 70th Anniversary International Astronautical Congress will be held in Washington, D.C., USA next year. 

Daria Vinogradova (PR-department)

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