The evolution of Belgorod scientists is sent into space

Photo: RSC Energia / Roscosmos

The main task of the developed material is to become a reliable protection for astronauts from cosmic radiation in the future.

Last week, the management of Roscosmos State Corporation decided to deliver to the International Space Station in February this year two samples of scientific equipment made from a new type of radiation-protective composite. The development was provided by researchers at Belgorod State Technological University. VG Shukhov together with the Scientific Research Institute “Cosmonaut Training Center named after Yu.A. Gagarin”. On February 15, at 07:25:40 Moscow time, the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Progress MS-19 cargo ship was successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome.

Photo: RSC Energia / Roscosmos

Photo: RSC Energia / Roscosmos

According to the press service of the Belarusian State University of Technology, about 1.6 tons of equipment and materials are placed in the ship’s hold, resource equipment and maintenance equipment for on-board systems, materials for medical control and sanitary and hygienic supplies, clothing, food rations and fresh food for crew members. 66 expeditions, as well as a set of target loads under the program of Russian scientific and applied research and experiments, including the development of Belgorod researchers – laying of “Protective Composite” for the target work “Protective Composite”.

The core of this work is to test a new high-performance polymer composite developed by the university staff together with the research institute for TsPK them. Yu.A. Gagarin, in open space. The director of the painting work is the research institute for TsPK im. Yu.A. Gagarin. Participants in the painting work were: BSTU im. VG Shukhov, SSC RF, IBMP RAS, PJSC RSC Energia im. SP Korolev and JSC “TsNIIMash”.

Photo: RSC Energia / Roscosmos

Photo: RSC Energia / Roscosmos

“It is on the basis of the results of real space tests of the material developed that it will be possible to take into account the possible adjustment of its composition and design for safe flights in close and deep space,” says Natalia Cherkashina, a young researcher, Candidate of Technical Sciences, Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Chemistry.
It is also reported that testing of materials in outer space will be performed within six months and one year. According to the project manager, doctor of technical sciences, professor at BSTU. VG Shukhov and the honored inventor of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Pavlenko, protective composites were developed by researchers and specialists at the university for several years. The prototypes have undergone many trials and tests on many ground-based installations that simulate the conditions in outer space.

The developed material is protected by an RF patent for an invention, awarded with gold medals from the Russian and European (Romania-2021) competitions. Aircraft models of scientific equipment were named L-01 and L-02.

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