ESA Director Genereal Jean-Jacques Dordain met with Anatoly Perminov, Head of the Federal Space Agency
During the last year, detailed discussions on the elements of a future ESA-Roscosmos Space Cooperation Plan have taken place between ESA and Roscosmos. The results of this work were summarized at the meeting in Moscow, on June 10, in the presence of the top management of ESA and Roscosmos.
For various field of cooperation, the Heads of the two Agencies noted with satisfaction that this work has proceeded very successfully. Both parties view the future Plan as an important contribution to strengthen Partnership and Cooperation between Europe and Russia.
The Working Group on Cooperation with Russia set up by ESA and Roscosmos at the beginning of this year has drafted a Euro-Russian Space Cooperation Plan intended to be presented at the ESA Ministerial Council in December this year, and further, to the leadership of the European Union. This is in line with the Road Map for the Common Economic Space signed by the leaders of the European Union and the Russian Federation on 10 May this year in Moscow.
On the ESA side, Jean-Jacques Dordain, the ESA Director General, was accompanied by the four ESA Directors, - Daniel Sacotte, Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration; Antonio Fabrizi, the Launchers, René Oosterlinck, External Relations, and Giuseppe Viriglio, EU and Industry Relations. The ESA Permanent Mission, as usual, provided the support to this meeting.
On the Russian side, Anatoly Perminov, the Head of the Federal Space Agency, was flanked by his closest deputies, - Nikolai Moiseev, Alexander Medvedchikov, Valery Remishevsky. As invited guest, Nikolai Sevastyanov, the newly elected President of RSC Energia, was present.
In his introductory word Mr.Dordain outlined that the ESA-Russia cooperation has been well-established with an event practically every month that is cited by mass media as joint European-Russian success. Among such events are the flight of the ESA astronaut Robertro Vittori to the Space Station in April and the launch of the FOTON-M No.2 satellite from Baikonur on the 31 of May, exactly on the day of the 30th anniversary of ESA and two days before the 50th anniversary of Baikonur.
The participants reviewed the conclusions of the working groups in the following areas of cooperation: Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration; Launchers; Telecommunications, Navigation, Earth Observation.
ESA and Roscosmos have jointly developed a vision for cooperation in the Joint Development and Operations of Clipper, and later in 2005 a detailed joint plan of work is to be developed on the various aspects of the cooperation in the field of joint development and operation of Clipper. The Parties have agreed to continue working in the fields of ISS Utilisation, Download systems, Space exploration and Technologies. The Parties also agreed to continue joint work on the Biomedical aspects of Human Space Flight.
In the area Applications Programmes, significant progress was achieved by the Working Group in identifying the potential cooperation subjects. In particular, the parties agreed that the main directions of the possible cooperation in navigation area should be defined taking into account the need to provide compatibility and interoperability of the European and Russian augmentation systems.
In telecommunications, the parties will further review the possibilities to set up a satellite system to provide communication to aircraft on routes passing over the Northern regions around the North Pole and to the population at extreme northern latitudes as well as for complementing the actual existing navigation systems. The parties confirmed their intention to obtain compatible ESA and Russian Data Relay Systems, using Loutch and Artemis, aiming at the largest typology operation.
Roscosmos and ESA are interested in further development of Digital Divide applications and in particular agreed that a delegation of Roscosmos, industry and operators will visit ESTEC for a detailed presentation.
ESA and Roscosmos confirm their interest to maintain the possibility to implement piggyback payloads on commercial Russian satellites to provide in-orbit qualification of the technologies. This opportunity shall be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine Russian interest in the technology and services. Roscosmos stressed the importance of industry-to-industry contacts.