Agreement to bring research vehicle to Mars' surface

18th April 2017
Source: Rostec
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Agreement to bring research vehicle to Mars' surface

A contract on manufacturing civil products for space industry for the amount of 250m rubles (£3.5m) has been signed between the leading company of the concern 'RT-Chemcomposite', part of Rostec State, Obninsk SPE 'Technologiya' and Lavochkin Research and Production Association. The contract implies the participation of Romashin Obninsk SPE 'Technologiya' in the international project 'Ekzo Mars-2020'. The document was signed on 10th April 2017, on the eve of the International Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics.

"Space industry is one of the key areas for holding "RT-Chemcomposite" to develop its competencies in civil sector. In 2016 alone the overall production of CFRP structures for space vehicles by our leading company Obninsk SPE 'Technologiya' exceeded 20 tonnes," mentioned Kirill Shubinsky, 'RT Chemcomposite' holding CEO.

Russian State Research Centre Romashin Obninsk SPE 'Technologiya' would manufacture air-landing module composite elements and surface platform to bring the Mars research vehicle to Mars surface in 2020. Under the agreement terms, the company would manufacture four set of structures, the first of which would be designed for technologies testing and the next two - for dynamic and heat tests. Flying specimen would be delivered to the client in 2018. Within the 'Ekzo Mars-2020' project 'Technologiya' would also manufacture thermal control panels to ensure the equipment required thermal mode.

"In the current year the orders portfolio of our company for space industry reached 630m rubles (£8.83m). We plan to manufacture more than 300 products designed for completing the space vehicles," said Andrey Silkin, CEO, Obninsk SPE 'Technologiya'.


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