«Buran»: “alloy” of state and science efforts
On October 1, 2013 academician of RAS Evgeny N. Kablov Director General of All-Russian scientific-research institute of aviation materials (VIAM), took part in the XX International scientific-engineering conference «Structures and technologies of manufacture of articles from non-metallic materials», timed to 25 years of space shuttle «Buran» flight.
During the plenary meeting, he presented the report, in which he told about VIAM input into the creation of materials with unique properties for this legendary spacecraft. Evgeny Kablov paid a special attention to the development of thermal protective materials.
According to him, VIAM employees managed to solve successfully the most complicated tasks on creation of a number of new materials with set properties. «Creation of space shuttle system «Energy-Buran» was the most scale space program in the history of astronautics. 1200 enterprises, design and research organizations, 70 ministries and departments took part in fulfillment of this program», Evgeny Kablov informed. He also presented the book «Armour for Buran. Materials and technologies of VIAM for ISS «Energy-Buran» recently issued by VIAM to the participants of the conference.
It should be also noted, that in the middle of November it is planned to carry out at VIAM «round table», dedicated to «Buran», which performed its first and single space flight under a pilotless regime on November 15, 1988.
The main themes considered at the conference were as follows: ceramic materials and structures; glass and optical coatings; polymer composite materials and structures; repair of structures made from polymer composite materials and innovative processes management.
The event was organized by «RT-Chemcomposite» holding on the base of Obninsk Research and Production Enterprise «Technologiya».