TsAGI at 2023 5th Eurasian Aerospace Congress
1 August 2023
Responding to new challenges in aerospace industry is a top priority for the research and industry. Currently, industrial enterprises are to solve such tasks as transforming research results into real technologies, strengthening cooperation between scientists and aircraft manufacturers, and adopting advanced approaches to project implementation. The tasks were discussed during the 5th Eurasian Aerospace Congress, which is partnered by TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”) and the World-Class Research Center “Supersonic”* (the WCRC “Supersonic” is coordinated by TsAGI). The Congress was held on July 24 in Moscow.
The Congress started with plenary session titled ‘Strategic changes in aerospace activities: new tasks and administrative challenges’, where Russia’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Oleg Bocharov took part. The session was moderated by Denis Kravchenko, Vice-Chairman at State Duma Committee for Economic Policy. Andrey Dutov, General Director at the NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”, reported on the NRC’s research into systemic integration of new technologies in civil aircraft engineering. He spoke on joint activities of the NRC’s member institutes aimed to create technological advance by 2028 that would provide a new level of technological development, and considered integrated research-and-technology projects. The most recent ones include development of supersonic transport, hydrogen and hybrid-propulsion long-haul and regional aircraft, and new-design high-speed rotorcraft.
Kirill Sypalo, Director General at TsAGI and Corresponding Member of the RAS, took part in the event. ‘The fruitful dialogue between key aerospace industrial stakeholders, representing both science and industrial sector, is what our industry needs today. The Congress allows working out best strategies jointly for further work, considering relevant trends and challenges we are facing,’ said Kirill Sypalo.
Sergey Chernyshev, Chief Scientific Officer at TsAGI, Vice-President of the RAS and Academician of the RAS, gave his plenary report, highlighting the current fundamental problems raised by aircraft researchers, and overviewing relevant areas of joint activities of the RAS and the NRC’s member institutes, including TsAGI.
‘Our current mission is to be as closely as possible to the tasks that are being solved industrially and nationally. Although the Russian Academy of Sciences is mostly associated with fundamental research, its results should be practice-oriented. There many questions, and the society is waiting for real solutions from us,’ he emphasized.
At the Congress, consideration of research-and-technology interests and strategic changes in aerospace industry involved the NRC and its member institutes. The experts exchanged their opinions on what approaches are required today for aircraft development, manufacturing and operation, on research-and-technology priorities in domestic aircraft engineering, etc.
The exact ways of promoting fundamental technologies in aircraft industry were discussed at the round table titled ‘The WCRC “Supersonic”: Relevant Tasks and Development Prospects’, which was moderated by Kirill Sypalo. The speakers considered relevant areas and challenges faced by the Consortium members, including lower sonic boom levels, reduced airport noise, AI usage on board of supersonic transport, etc.
The Congress highlighted other issues, such as long-term development of domestic aircraft industry, usage of rotorcraft for transport availability, university-based research in aerospace industrial projects, HR for the industry, etc.
Apart from TsAGI, reports were made by other member institutes of the NRC—CIAM and GosNIIAS. Furthermore, the Congress involved top aerospace industry experts from the UAC, Roscosmos, Energia, etc.
*The WCRC ‘Supersonic’ solves fundamental, research and applied R&T tasks aimed to develop new-generation supersonic transport. TsAGI initiated the establishment of the WCRC; it coordinates the WCRC. Apart from TsAGI, the WCRC includes Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, CIAM, GosNIIAS, MAI, Lomonosov MSU, and PFRC UB RAS. The project is implemented from 2020 to 2025.
Eurasian Aerospace Congress is the largest industrial business forum at the Eurasian Economic Union. It provides stronger cooperation between Eurasian aerospace research and industrial enterprises, and opens new horizons for broader aerospace cooperation.