On 1 November 2013, the Skoltech Advisory Group on Space Technology and Research held its first meeting.
The Advisory Group is made up of representatives of the Russian high-technology enterprises and companies of the rocket and space industry. The Group’s task will be to create a portfolio of projects the themes of which are determined based on the companies’ needs and Skoltech’s strategy in the field of the space programme. Besides, the Advisory Group will serve as a platform for interaction between Skoltech and the rocket and space industry. The Advisory Group also includes representatives of the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia), the Lavochkin Research and Production Association, Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company JSC, the Progress State Research and Production Space Centre (TsSKB-Progress), R&D Scanex, Dauria Aerospace, and the Kaskol Group of Companies.
When opening the Advisory Group’s first meeting, Vice President for Industrial Cooperation and Public Programs Alexey Ponomarev pointed out that it is hard to overestimate the importance of the creation of this group from the very outset of its work: the first meeting was dedicated to the discussion of the Skoltech Center for Research, Education and Innovation in Space Technology and Research, which is being currently set up.
Industry representatives were presented with the joint strategy of the future Research Center prepared by professors of the Technical University of Berlin, the Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Moscow Aviation Institute. A lively discussion of the joint strategy took place during which the industry representatives articulated their recommendations regarding the Research Center’s work as well as talked about the activities of their companies and the intersections in the work of the Skoltech Space Center and the industrial companies.
The Research Center will also work with the undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students involved in the educational and research processes of Skoltech in the field of space. The training of the students will involve their active participation in the research work carried out in the Research Center. This work will be of practical importance for the Russian industry, as well as for international cooperation in the field of space.
At the end of the Advisory Group’s meeting, Rector of Skoltech Edward Crawley articulated the main ideas of the work of the Research Center: “The Research Center will not only carry out scientific research but will also focus on the entrepreneurial approach and the issues of project investment. Our primary strategy is to concentrate on the most important things: there will be fewer areas of activities, but there will be more of in-depth, meaningful work.”