WSA Russia(Translated from Russian):
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs(UNOOSA) has informed the Director of the Russian State Space Corporation Energia, Valentin Davletshin that Energia representatives will be included in a number of International Conferences and International Memoranda of Understanding on the development of cooperation in the sphere of space science, manned space flight, and peaceful use of outer space.
On December 28,2016, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has approved the documents of the Convention on the Legal Status of Outer Space and of the first protocol to it, the Memorandum of Understanding for the Elimination of Outer Space Debris and the Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development of Military Applications of Outer Space.
The Conference on the Development of Cooperation in the Field of Sustainable Use of Outer Space(Tropical, Small-Rigid, and Multi-Purpose Satellite) is being held in New Yorkon
Under the auspices of the United Nations Office forOuter Space Affairs. The event, hosted by UNOOSA, will be attended by representatives of the country delegations of the United States, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Indonesia, and the Republic of Moldova. Energia is going to attend the event as the Russian delegation.
Energia’s leading scientists, including the chief designer of the Soyuz spacecraft and theSoyuz-FG carrier rocket Vladimir Solovyov, will take part in the conference.
In 2016, Energia and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs have organized two international conferences. The first one was dedicated to the Year of Sustainable Use of Outer Space and the theme was “Advanced Navigation and Earth Observation”. The second one focused on the theme of the sustainable development of science and technology. Both international conferences tookplace in Vienna.
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has already worked with Energia on the International Space Station program and put an emphasis on the development of civil space cooperation between the Russian Federation and other countries. The Agency’s representatives actively follow the work of the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation and are interested in the practical application of this cooperation.
The year 2017 has already marked the first joint international space mission in history, the launch of the two satellites with a combined weight of 5.7 tons. The launch took place from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 30, 2017, as planned.
Currently, both satellites and their recovery systems are undergoing tests in the Kura-1 testfacility and the Astrium International company in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
We would like to emphasize that we are involved in several international programs, including the International Space Station, Skylab, Mir, the Japanese space station, the Canadian astronaut rescue vessel, and the ISS Docking System Upgrade. We are also interested in the further development of the ISS and are negotiating forcooperation with the international space organizations in this regard.
Energia does not see international cooperation as a competitive competition. We view international cooperation as a strategic task of our company. We believe that this creates a strong legal basis for the development of Russian space technologies.
Thank you forreading, and happy new year!