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MAKS-2021: TsAGI Sums Up Results of Sky.tech Innovative Project Competition

22 July 2021

Best innovative projects, based on breakthrough R&D, were chosen at the final of Sky.tech, the 6th National Competition for Innovative Aerospace Projects, organized by TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”) and by Russian Helicopters holding. Six finalists were chosen according to the rules; three of them are the winners. The award ceremony was hosted by MAKS-2021, the 15th International Aviation and Space Salon.

High level of expertise and selected projects resulted from the composition of the competition committee headed by B. Aleshin (Chairman of the Supervisory Board, NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”; Academician of the RAS). The committee includes Oleg Bocharov (Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation), V. Medvedev (Director of the Innovation and Advanced Research Department, Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation), A. Dutov (Director General, NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”), K. Sypalo (Director General, TsAGI); and administration of UAC, Russian Helicopters, Kronstadt JSC, Roskosmos, UEC, etc.

‘Challenging process of searching for new innovative solutions stays in the background of each successful development. As a result, advanced projects are born; today we can see clearly their examples. Participating in the competition allows scientists, including those who have only started their way in science, to listen to expert community and to give their activity a new impulse. Simultaneously, this is a good chance for all of us as we can assess research trends and estimate what approaches and ideas could become the basis for the future aerospace industry,’ said K. Sypalo (Director General, TsAGI; Academician of the RAS).

Approximately 40 projects were submitted to the jury of the competition, done by collective authors from universities, research organizations and marketable industrial enterprises. The topics included a number of areas: aircrafts, including their systems and units; technologies and materials for aerospace industry; as well as digital technologies for development, tests, production and maintenance.

The competition was won by project titled “Superlight dual-purpose launch vehicle” by InterPolaris Research-and-Production company. The second prize went to “Light nanocomposite for integrated radio shielding of space vehicles’ electronics” by the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University. The third prize was given to “E-2: The single-seated electric airplane”, a project by NPO Molniya (‘Lightning’).

The authors of the best projects were awarded with monetary prizes.

The following projects also entered the competition final: “Developing express technology to create cross-browser interactive 3D content based on high-poly three-dimensional CAD models” by LeksSystems; “Development of laser impact hardening for fatigue enhancement of aviation equipment units” by Experimental Design Bureau named after A. Luylka (a branch of Ufa Engine-Building Production Association), and “Engines of ultra-small spacecraft” by D-Start JSC.

The developments were demonstrated at MAKS-2021 at TsAGI’s pavilion within FUTURE HUB exhibition.

As in 2020, the finalist projects will be accelerated according to results of the competition and will receive support within intensive development programs.

For more information on the competition, see http://innovation-contest.tsagi.ru

Sky.tech, the competition for innovative aerospace projects, has been held since 2016. Over 50 enterprises, universities and research organizations have participated in it so far, representing over 25 Russian regions. 223 works were submitted to the jury from 2016 to 2020. The event aims at searching, supporting and promoting innovative projects which are related to the industry and based on results of successful R&D.

The Competition was organized with support by Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, by NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”, by Government of Moscow Region, by Rosnano Fund for Infrastructure and Educational Programs, and by aerospace enterprises, including UAC, Nauka, Kronstadt, etc.

In 2021, the prize fund was ₽950 thousand, including ₽500 thousand for the first place, ₽300 thousand for the second place, and ₽150 thousand for the third place.

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