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TsAGITech Discusses RPAS Industry Development

13 June 2024

Enhancing unmanned technologies is a key contemporary challenge. This year saw the start of the RPAS National Project, aimed to shape the strategy of developing unmanned aviation domestically. Its implementation—particularly in Moscow Region—was discussed at the Workshop on Creating Sustainable RPAS Ecosystem in Moscow Region, hosted at TsAGITech (TsAGI is a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”).

‘This can be called rightfully a unique symbiosis in Zhukovsky. On the one hand, it is TsAGI—the research aviation enterprise with TsAGITech, the branch with five-year experience in creating unmanned ecosystems. On the other hand, we attracted the residents directly involved in UAV production. All this allows for well-coordinated UAV activities to implement the RPAS National Project in Moscow Region,’ said D. Sc. Aleksandr Medvedsky, First Deputy General Director at TsAGI, in his opening speech.

Welcoming remarks were also said by Zhukovsky Mayor Boris Aubakirov who emphasized the importance of developing UAV industry in the town. This year, Zhukovsky administration is launching a High-Tech UAV Production Project to be incorporated into a large UAV center that Zhukovsky will organize in the nearest future. Ordering such workshops, Zhukovsky shapes the conditions to create the required RPAS ecosystem in Moscow Region.

The Workshop continued with the roundtables, Shaping RPAS application scenarios in Moscow Regions, and Key technologies for RPAS electric propulsions, organized with the NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”. The roundtables considered core statements of the federal programs of the RPAS National Project, and the development trends in the industry.

The first roundtable had a report by Oleg Folomeyev, Head for Science and Innovations, Ministry of Investments, Industry and Science of Moscow Region. In his words, the region has joined the RPAS National Project to meet the agricultural and forestry needs for domestic UAVs to provide different kinds of monitoring, aerosurveying, fire-fighting, sowing, pipeline survey, etc. To that end, it is planned to establish the Research-and-Production Center for UAV Testing and Competence Development under the RPAS National Project. Expectedly, the Center will be founded on the basis of TsAGITech.

Remarkably, possible scenarios for RPAS regional application were discussed. Passenger and cargo freights, search and rescue and environmental monitoring are the examples of services that can be offered by Russian UAV manufacturers and operators who took part in the workshop, such as LizaAlert, NIK, UAV, Geoscan, and Tikhiye Krylia. Each of them is the potential resident of TsAGITech’s forthcoming UAV Research-and-Production Center.

Using electrical engines in UAVs is another advanced area for developing UAVs domestically. This energy source has many advantages, such as high power, greenness, and availability. The issue was considered in detail at the roundtable, Key technologies for RPAS electric propulsions, moderated by Vladislav Kalitka, Head for Integrated Electric Propulsion Design, NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”. Reports were also made by representatives of MAI, CIAM, SibNIA, NIIET, USATU Engineering School “Motors of the Future”, KUBO, Enerlab, etc.

The event also showed technology demonstrators and developments by RPAS knowledge-based industrial enterprises where TsAGITech’s residents took part as well. For instance, Soluterm Company presented an integrated active IR-thermography flaw detector designed for composite structural health monitoring and nondestructive control. Sokol Design Bureau showed FILIN 1 FPV helmet, and the Center for Integrated Unmanned Solutions presented an experimental FPV integrated airport security terminal. Over 10 RPAS development companies took part in the expo.

Apart from that, the participants had a guided tour around TsAGITech, where they saw the laboratories and the residents. The event gathered over 150 participants and about 50 organizations in total.

According to Dmitry Chernyshev, Head of Innovative Infrastructure and Technologies at TsAGI, the workshop is a cornerstone in the large RPAS R&D Center in Zhukovsky. Such events will indeed be fruitful; they will allow exchanging ideas and suggestions on development of the industry, and, moreover, shaping cooperation and short-term plans, he said.

TsAGITech was founded in 2018 with close cooperation with Ministry of Investments, Industry and Science of the Moscow Region. Located centrally in Zhukovsky Science City, TsAGITech embraces 6 thousand 700 square meters.

This is the first high-tech park created within the Governor’s Programme “Investments in Moscow Region”. Nowadays, it is implementing over 20 innovative projects; it has six operating applied laboratories, and over 40 developing residents and startups involved in R&D, production and engineering. In 2019, it was assigned the status of high-tech park.

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