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Russian Space Mission to UK Results in Agreement on Collaboration

22 February 2011


Further to discussions relating to the encouragement of Space Science research links between the UK and Russia, the ISTC (International Science and Technology Centre, Moscow), has generously supported a visit to London by a group of leading Russian space scientists, resulting in the signing of an important Memorandum of Understanding.

The purpose of the visit was to foster new research relationships between the UK and Russia, and to provide additional support to committed projects.  The British Embassy in Moscow fully supported the visit, and the Deputy Head of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, also forged closer ties with UCL during the visit.

The three-day agenda of the visit included presentations by Russian Scientists on Space Medicine, Satellite Communication Technologies, Optics & Instrument Systems, Monitoring and Natural Disasters, Robotics & Cybernetics and Microgravitation.

The visit surpassed all expectations, resulting in a number of successes. In addition to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, as a result of the trip there is already funding in place to start research projects.

The event came about as a direct result of the partnership which Dr Anna Clark developed with ISTC, and followed on from a number of other partnership activities involving the Gagarin Advocacy Group and UCL's key role in the visit of the Deputy Head of Roscosmos to London in June.

Gagarin Group

Group shot after signing of MoU of Russian Scientists with Prof. Steve Caddick, Prof. Alan Smith, Dr Vtaly Chmyrev, Institute of Physics of the Earth; Dr Boris Spasskiy, Russian State Research Centre for Robotics and Technical Cybernetics; Prof. Alan Smith, UCL Director of MSSL; Prof. Stephen Caddick, UCL Vice-Provost (Enterprise); Dr Vadim Gushin, Institute of Biomedical Problems; Dr Igor Ushakov, Academician & Director of Institute of Biomedical Problems; Vladimir Zaborovsky, Institute for Robotics & Technical Cybernetics; Dr Tatiana Ryzhova, Senior Project Manager ISTC; Steve Bourne, Communications and External Relations Division Manager, ISTC.

Gagarin MOU

Prof. Alan Smith, Director of MSSL and Prof. Steve Caddick, Vice-Provost (Enterprise) signing the Memorandum of Understanding for UCL.

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On June 10th there was a House of Commons launch of the Yuri Gagarin Celebrations 2011, organised by the Space Education Trust and the Parliamentary Space Committee – celebrating 50 years of Human Spaceflight. The celebration includes an exhibition at the Science Museum London, Space Science research project and a range of activities for schools and space enthusiasts.  

Find out more at the event website:  YuriGagarin50.org

For further information, visit the ISTC website