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On the 30th of October EDB Fakel held the workshop named “Propulsion systems for small S/C and nano-class S/C; new technologies and development perspectives”. The topic of the workshop aroused a serious interest among the Russian space industry employees. Representatives of 10 leading enterprises and 3 universities came to share their experience. They presented the audience with their reports for discussion.

On 26th of October EDB Fakel hosted the delegation of the Samara aerospace university headed by the Rector Evgeniy Shakhmatov and Sergey Prokofiev, the vice-rector for science and innovations.

On September 17th, 2018, the EDB Fakel held a yearly session of Science and Technology Board in order to summarize results of experimental and design activities in most challenging areas of thruster engineering. Apart from that the board defined the main scientific and technology research areas for 2019, as well as the action plan for scientific research laboratory for electric propulsion.

From 14th to 18th of May the «Space propulsion 2018» conference and exhibition took place in Seville, Spain, organized by the Association of aviation and cosmonautics of France supported by ESA and CNES.

The year 2018 celebrates the 90th birthday anniversary of the prominent physicist Alexey I. Morozov, who made a huge contribution to many areas of contemporary science about plasma and engineering. A. Morozov was a chief scientist at the Russian research center “Kourchatov institute” and an outstanding scientist in the field of plasma dynamics and plasma accelerators; he was a State (USSR) prize winner for his development of physical bases of electric propulsions and he was also awarded with a medal of the International electric propulsion society for his pioneering work in electric propulsions.

In the 1st quarter of the year 2018 development test of the thruster unit 230 (TU-230) on the basis of the stationary plasma thruster SPT-230 were completed at EDB “Fakel”. The operability of the TU-230 with a center-located (see Figure 1) and periphery-located (see Figure 2) cathodes was verified in the power ranges of 4.5 to 25.0 kW at different discharge currents and discharge voltages. The thruster thrust obtained was 1 N at the discharge current of 50 A and discharge voltage of 500 V. The thruster specific impulse was 3200 sec at the discharge voltage of 800 V.

The conference and exhibition Satellite 2018 took place in the conference hall named after Walter Washington from March 12th to March 16th. EDB Fakel participates in the event as an exponent for the second time. The exhibition has proved to be the top-level business event featuring the elite of the world space industry.

On the 22nd of November the EDB Fakel made a visit to the company NEXEYA based in Toulouse. The visit took place under the aegis of the Embassy of France in Russia and CNES.

The 21st of February marked the awards ceremony for the workers which was held in Drama Theater of Kaliningrad region in honor of Defense of the Fatherland Day. The award was conferred, among others, on Director of EDB Fakel. The Governor of the region A. Alikhanov awarded M. Korkunov with a medal of the Order For merit to the Fatherland and congratulated the staff of EDB Fakel on this holiday. The contribution of EDB Fakel to the development of space industry and as the enterprise itself playing a key role in international space industry were highlighted by such governmental award.

Saturday marked Maslenitsa Celebration for the enterprise employees.