Hi-tech for the 21st century
On 18 April 2005 the 6th international forum “Hi-tech of the 21st century” opened at the exhibition complex Expocenter in Moscow. The Forum aims to promote the development of technology and foster the commercialisation, financing and marketing of hi-tech products.
Present at the Forum were institutions such as the Russian Academy of Science, Rosoboronexport, Informtekhnika and Rosatom. Companies from the Ukraine, Belorussia, Moscow and the Sverdlovsk regions were also there to present their recent developments. Among them were the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre, the Design Bureau of General Machine Building (KBOM), Plant of Experimental Machine Building RSC Energia, Russian R&D Institute of Space Device Engineering (RNII KP), NPO Molnia and NPO PM.
The space industry was represented by a number of companies, many of which are concerned not only with developing the different devices that can be used by the space industry but also entire space products.
Among those who spoke at the plenary session was Yuri Koptev, former Head of Rosaviakosmos (Federal Space Agency) and now Director of the Defence Industrial Department at the Ministry of Industry and Energy RF.
“To achieve the main goal set up by the Russian President – to double gross domestic product, our country has to concentrate on developing in up to 10-15 areas of high technology. Among these are: nanotechnologies, energy, aviation and space. It is essential to encourage venture financing of innovative projects as well as government financing,” he said.
During the Forum participants reported on different areas of innovation systems. The subject of one report was: the information support system of interaction between the space industries of Europe and Russia in the field of innovation. One example of this is EURITEX, a computerised information system developed by TsNIIMASH in close cooperation with ESA. EURITEX collects and stores in a database information on joint projects and innovations in the space industry intended for commercial realisation.