Cool Pics: Russians Show Next-Generation Human Spacecraft to Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin inside of a full-size mockup of Russia's six-passenger "Rus" spacecraft. (Credit: RSC Energia)

MOSCOW  — August 19, 2011 (Energia PR) — In Zhukovsky, Moscow region, the 10th International Aerospace Show (MAKS-2011), which was held on August 16 through 21, has completed its work.

The Corporation’s stand, which was a part of the joint exhibit of the Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos), was a continuous focus of attention for a great number of visitors, among whom there were specialists from aviation and space companies of Russia and other countries, scientists, representatives of business circles, university students and teachers, veterans of the industry, journalists, aerospace aficionados.

On August 17, the Roscosmos pavilion and its section prepared by RSC Enenrgia was visited by the Russian Federation Prime Minister V.V. Putin.

Russia's "Rus" spacecraft. (Credit: RSC Energia)

In the year when the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission into space is celebrated, a particular interest was aroused by the historical section of the Corporation’s stand: full-scale mockup of the Vostok spacecraft descent vehicle developed at Special Design Bureau 1 (now RSC Energia) under direction of Chief Designer S.P. Korolev. It was in the spacecraft of this series that the missions of the first cosmonauts (Yuri Gagarin, German Titov, Valentina Tereshkova and others) were carried out.

Attention was also drawn to the descent vehicle of Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft, that had operated as a part of the International Space Station, the Russian Segment of which was developed and is operated by the Corporation.

Model of the Russia crew transport "Rus" (below) docked with a proposed commercial space station. (Credit: RSC Energia)

The company’s advanced developments presented at the exhibition – a conceptual model of the reentry vehicle of the new-generation manned transportation spacecraft, scale models of a commercial space station and a space system for lunar fly-by – also aroused keen interest.

Explanations to the visitors to the exhibit were given by managers, lead specialists and cosmonauts of the company.

Attendees to the MAKS-2011 exposition examine a planned private space station. (Credit: RSC Energia)

Within the framework of the program of activities at the International Aerospace Show MAKS-2011, RSC Energia and Skolkovo Foundation have signed an agreement to establish an International Space Center with the objective of developing advanced rocket and space technologies.

RSC Energia senior managers and leading specialists held a number of business meetings at the air show with senior managers and representatives of Russian and foreign companies and partner organizations. Discussed at these meetings were the issues involved in the current and future work on the development, operation and use of the rocket and space technology, and the ways of mutually beneficial cooperation were outlined. Agreements have been signed to develop cooperation between Russian and foreign companies and organizations.