The Russian-German economic congress is the annual central business event among the Russian and German business society. This time the Congress was held in frames of the Russian and German Bilateral Year of scientific and education partnership established on December 6, 2018, by the Ministers of foreign affairs of Russia and Federal Republic of Germany and is organized under their patronage.

In a joint statement the Ministers expressed the aspiration for strengthening the dialogue and common understanding between our societies on the basis of expanding scientific and education partnership and interaction. The Ministers also noted that visible signals for cooperation are especially important at the times difficult from the political point of view.  

The Congress became one of the key events of the Bilateral Year of scientific and education partnership. The Congress addressed directions and trends of economic, scientific and education cooperation with ways forward shared to solve the current problems. More than 250 representatives of industrial enterprises, scientific organizations, high school, federal and regional authorities of Russia and Germany participated in this Congress.

EDB Fakel was the organizer of the panel discussion named “The transfer of technologies and commercialization of scientific research results”. The moderator of the panel discussion was Lyudmila Korkunova and the panel participants were Garri Popov (Academician of the Russian academy of sciences, professor, doctor of engineering, academician of the International academy of astronautics, director of the research institute of applied mechanics and electrodynamics at Moscow aviation institute), Alain Demaire (Director of propulsion engineering department at OHB Sweden), Anatoliy Petrukovich (Russian physicist, specialist in the field of space plasma, geophysics, director of the space research institute of the Russian academy of sciences, associate of the Russian academy of sciences), Olga Starinova (Samara national research university; doctor of engineering, professor at space engineering department, deputy director for science at the institute of space rocket engineering, Peter Tihls, Viktoriya Svotina (Deputy director of the research institute of applied mechanics and electrodynamics at Moscow aviation institute), Alexander Nikolaevskiy (Deputy director for economy and finance at FSUE EDB Fakel).

The main question raised for the panelists was the following: Is science only for science? Or should science be only for a practical use? The panelists had active discussions what resulted in a consensus that science would always have a practical application and an opportunity to be commercialized. Other topics included the aspects of an effective cooperation for space education, space science and space industry – a global trend and a key condition for a stable technological development and commercialization of scientific research results.        

The Congress became an effective ground for dialogue and communication to consolidate science, education and business relations for the two countries and also provided an opportunity to share expertise and professional views on the key aspects of the bilateral cooperation development.

FSUE EDB Fakel (a part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) is one of the leading enterprises in development of electric propulsion systems and thermal catalytic propulsion systems operating using Hydrazine. Fakel has a production experience in serial and mass delivery of thrusters both in commercial and state market segments. The share of the thrusters production in the world for spacecraft is about 10%. More than 70 Russian spacecraft (more than 60% of the Russian orbital constellation) and 30 Western spacecraft are equipped with thrusters developed and produced by EDB Fakel. Today EDB Fakel’s partners are: ISS Reshetnev, RSC Energia, Khrunichev State Research and Production Center, Lavochkin Research and Production Association, Research and Production Corporation VNIIEM, Maxar (Canada), Airbus, TAS (France), MELСO (Japan), IAI (Israel), OHB (Sweden).  

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