To the glory of the first cosmonaut
On April 12, 2016 Academician of RAS, Evgeny N. Kablov, Director General of the All-Russian Scientific-Research Institute of Aviation Materials and employees of VIAM have laid flowers at the monument of Yuri Gagarin on the Leninsky Avenue.
As Evgeny Kablov pointed out, that VIAM had made a contribution to the development of materials and technologies to explore space and to undertake further steps in this direction. “It is obvious, that practical implementation of large-scale space tasks, set by the leadership of our country, is impossible without the application of materials and technologies of new generation”, - he pointed out.
According to Director General of VIAM, “this monument serves as the reminder of our greatest achievement, that we were the first, who conquered the space and sent a person to the space. It is the result of great close collaboration between engineers, scientists, designers, builders, workers…”.
It is remarkable, that scientists of VIAM made a considerable contribution to the establishment of the monument to Yuri Gagarin located in the Leninsky Avenue. It required special titanium alloy, which subsequently was developed by scientists of VIAM, to realize ideas of sculpture P.I. Bondarenko and architect Ya. B. Belopolsky. Besides, the institute jointly with NIAT (JSC National Institute of Aviation Technologies) has developed special casting technology and technology of electron-beam welding. The grand opening ceremony of the monument to Yuri A. Gagarin, which became a symbol of space consequent by person, took place before Olympics games in July 1980.
It should be noted, that Prof. Sergey G. Glazunov developed titanium alloys at VIAM for the first time in USSR. He founded national school of titanium metallurgy and laid the foundations for metallurgy of our country.