Growing together: 15 years of cooperation between Russia and Europe in human spaceflight
On April 2 the European Space Agency and the Federal Space Agency of Russia marked 15 years of partnership in the field of manned spaceflight. A symposium to that effect named "Growing together: 15 Years of Cooperation between Russia and Europe in Human Spaceflight" was held in Moscow's Metropol hotel. The event was participated by more than 130 guests from both sides and covered by quite a number of media outlets in Russia and Europe.
A number of presentations was made during the first half of the day by the Russian and European colleagues on a variety of subjects, e.g. International Russian/ESA Cooperation from a Policy Perspective; Mir 2 Cooperation; European Robotic Arm (ERA); Data Management System (DMS-R); ATV Development and Integration; Euromir 94/95; Taxiflight from an Astronaut Perspective; Bion/Foton.
Later in the day, a Round Table focused on the summary of 15 years of cooperation, envisaged future cooperation, industrial perspective, involvement of the European Union and other issues was held. Participating in the Round Table were Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General; Anatoly Perminov, Director General, FSA; Jorg Feustel-Buechl, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight and Microgravity; Alexander Medvedchikov, acting Deputy Director General, FSA; Yuri Semenov, President, RSC Energia; Nikolai Anfimov, Director General, TsNIIMash; Anatoly Grigoriev, Director, IBMP; Valeri Korzun, Deputy chief, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center; Francois Auque, Chief Executive Officer, EADS Space; Armando Ciampolini, ALTEC; Rainer Klett, Managing Director, Kayser Threde.
Speaking to the audience, FSA DG Anatoly Perminov said that Russia should take an active part in the US and European Moon, Mars and other planets exploration programs. "We must support and actively participate in the programs of building a Lunar station and move forward to explore other planets of the solar system," said Perminov. FSA DG also defined some priorities for the Russian Space Program. He said that "one of the most promising programs is the International Space station and manned space flights." He also stressed the importance of scientific and applications programs. "I think that our activities in this area should be intensified," added Perminov.
Speaking at the Round Table, Jean-Jacques Dordain announced the date of the first Soyuz flight from Kourou. "We have scheduled the first launch for December 1, 2006," said Mr. Dordain.
Yuri Semenov of RKK Energia spoke for a joint development of the Russian reusable manned spacecraft. In reply to that statement J.-J. Dordain stressed the importance of international cooperation in developing new products together.