Archive for September, 2011

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• Joint Science and Technology Institute including 6 Innovative Research Institutions
• 21 faculties and institutes
• Over 150 departments and 120 R&E laboratories
• 26 research and educational centers More than 20 small innovative enterprises
• Science park and incubating
• Faculty of foundation programs and institute of professional trainings
• 3 branches and 6 representatives
• St. Petersburg College of Information and Management

• Fundamental Library
• Exhibition complex
• Publishing House
• Sport and Recreation Complex: stadium, gymnastic halls, tennis courts, swimming pool
• Student Dormitories for 5000 residents
• Student Dormitories for 1200 international students
• Northern and Southern Vacation Camps
• Students’ Club
• Medical Complex
• House of Scientists in Lesnoye
• Catering Complex

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 Founded in 1899 SPBSPU recently became «National Research University», also known in Russia and abroad as Polytechnical Institute — a recognized Russian and world-wide leader in the field of higher engineering and economic education. Currently it also remains at the leading positions in the rating of Russian engineering higher educational institutions.

At the present time in SPbSPU there are 30197 students and postgraduates, 2916 of them are foreign citizens from 96 countries who annually study at different SPbSPU programs. The University is carrying out education in the following areas: engineering, physics, economics, humanities and information technologies.

The University trains specialists in 36 Bachelor degree programs and 188 Master degree programs, 88 PhD programs and 88 Doctorate programs. In addition, in SPbSPU there are a number of non-degree and international educational programs.

In 2007 SPbSPU won a contest «Innovation University» financed in the framework of the national project «Education». In 2010 SPbSPU gained the status «National Research University». Nowadays SPbSPU develops as a new type research university, which integrates multidisciplinary R&D activities and advanced technologies for rising national economics competitiveness.

The University is proud of its longstanding traditions of international cooperation with many foreign educational institutions, research organizations and industrial companies in the field of education and science. Among the University partners there are more than 280 universities, 131 scientific and research institutions and 172 companies from over 55 countries.
In the University there are more than 20 international research centers that are carrying out joint research together with the companies Motorola, Microsoft, AT&T, Siemens, LG «Electronics», Apple Macintosh and many others.

Today the Polytechnical University structure includes:

  • 20 Faculties and Institutes
  • More than 150 departments and 120 R&E laboratories
  • Research centers, innovation laboratories, science park
  • Fundamental library — one of the largest scientific and technical libraries in Russia
  • Student campus
  • International campus
  • Medical center
  • Modern sports center
  • Concert halls etc.

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  • SUAI is the UNESCO Chair of Engineering Distance Education
  • International Industrial Partners are:

In US – Intel, Seagate, Cadence

Finland – Nokia, Nokia-Siemens

South Korea – Samsung, Keri Institute, Daewoo

Germany – Siemens

  • Cooperation of St Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Finland Universities and NOKIA Finnish-Russian Universities Cooperation in IT in FRUCT (Finnish-Russian University Cooperation in Telecommunications)  Project

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According to the plan, the agreement should promote cooperation between Russian and Finnish innovation of enterprises and institutions under the project “International cooperation in business and innovation.”

In the project of international cooperation were closely involved leading Universities of the northern capital. Thus, according to Associate Professor of St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, Alevtina Zyuban, one of the workpackages of the project envisaged the development of cooperation between educational institutions in Finland and St. Petersburg. “The partners of this package is a few schools in our city – said Alevtina Zyuban. ….. Each of them is fixed a definite commitment on the project”.

German Co-operation

The Saint-Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI) is an associated partner of the EU-project “Baltic Biogas Bus”. The German project partner ATI erc gGmbH and the State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI) co- organized two seminars in order to spread information in Russia about the possibilities of biogas as fuel in public transport.

Biomass Research Center (DBFZ) gave an overview about biogas upgrading in Europe and Germany. A representative of Saint Petersburg State agricultural University spoke about Biodiesel and waste recycling.


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On August 11, 2006, Boeing announced an agreement to form a joint-venture with the large Russian titanium producer, VSMPO-Avisma for the machining of titanium forgings. The forgings will be used on 787 program. On December 27, 2007 Boeing and VSMPO-Avisma created a joint venture Ural Boeing Manufacturing and signed a contract on titanium products deliveries until 2015, with Boeing planning to invest $27 billion in Russia over the next 30 years.

PSC VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation is the world’s largest producer of titanium products. Located in Verkhnyaya Salda, Russia, VSMPO-AVISMA also operates facilities in Ukraine, England, Switzerland, Germany and the United States. The company produces titanium, aluminum, magnesium and steel alloys. Today the Company exports 70% of its products, 30% are supplied to the internal market. Boeing is the largest buyer of Russian titanium products. Major consumers of VSMPO-AVISMA are the largest aircraft building companies of the world.
Titanium is noted for low specific weight, high strength and corrosion resistance as well as high temperature stability. Currently Boeing use titanium products of VSMPO-AVISMA in manufacture of landing gears, engine pylons, struts and many other components and assemblies of commercial airplanes”.

Fast forward: 2011

Without Russia’s contribution, Boeing 787 would not have been created. Russia is a vital partner in the program. Hundreds of Russian engineers worked on the design of the Boeing 787. The nose of the 787 was created in Moscow –one-third of the complex nose section was designed in Boeing’s Moscow Design Center.

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During his lifetime he published approximately 90 works on space travel and related subjects.Among his works are designs for rockets with steering thrusters, multi-stage boosters, space stations, airlocks for exiting a spaceship into the vacuum of space, and closed cycle biological systems to provide food and oxygen for space colonies.

Tsiolkovsky is considered to be the father of cosmonautics and human space flight, and was a truly great thinker. His visionary ideas about the future of humanity in space were magnificent and far ahead of his time. He dreamed about space flight since he was a very young boy. Tsiolkovsky was certain that the future of human life will be in outer space, so he decided that we must study the cosmos to pave the way for future generations.

In 1926 Tsiolkovsky defined his “Plan of Space Exploration”, consisting of sixteen steps for human expansion into space:

1. Creation of rocket airplanes with wings.

2. Progressively increasing the speed and altitude of these airplanes.

3. Production of real rockets-without wings.

4. Ability to land on the surface of the sea.

5. Reaching escape velocity (about 8 Km/second), and the first flight into Earth orbit.

6. Lengthening rocket flight times in space.

7. Experimental use of plants to make an artificial atmosphere in spaceships.

8. Using pressurized space suits for activity outside of spaceships.

9. Making orbiting greenhouses for plants.

10. Constructing large orbital habitats around the Earth.

11. Using solar radiation to grow food, to heat space quarters, and for transport throughout the Solar System.

12. Colonization of the asteroid belt.

13. Colonization of the entire Solar System and beyond.

14. Achievement of individual and social perfection.

15. Overcrowding of the Solar System and the colonization of the Milky Way (the Galaxy).

16. The Sun begins to die and the people remaining in the Solar System’s population go to other suns.

Tsiolkovsky championed the idea of ​​the diversity of life in Universe, was the first theorist and advocate of human space exploration.

In 1932 Tsiolkovsky wrote “The Cosmic Philosophy” – the summary of his philosophical ideas. His main idea was to achieve happiness not only for humanity, but also for all the living beings in the Cosmos, for all the Universe. He believed that human occupation of space was inevitable and would drive human evolution.

“The entire Universe is full of the life of perfect creatures.” (The Scientific Ethics. Kaluga,1930, p.20).

“The Earth is the cradle of the mind, but we cannot live forever in a cradle”.  (-Kaluga, 1911. From a letter.)

“Men are weak now, and yet they transform the Earth’s surface. In millions of years their might will increase to the extent that they will change the surface of the Earth, its oceans, the atmosphere, and themselves. They will control the climate and the Solar System just as they control the Earth. They will travel beyond the limits of our planetary system; they will reach other Suns, and use their fresh energy instead of the energy of their dying luminary.”

Philosopher Scientist with a Musical bent

Hearing problems did not prevent the scientist a good understanding of music. There is his work “The Origin of music and its essence.”

Tsiolovsky wrote a book called The Will of the Universe. The Unknown Intelligence in 1928 in which he propounded a philosophy of panpsychism. He believed humans would eventually colonize the Milky Way galaxy.

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Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky (17 September 1857 – 19 September 1935) was an Imperial Russian and Soviet rocket scientist and pioneer of the astronautic theory. Along with his followers the German Hermann Oberth and the American Robert H. Goddard, he is considered to be one of the founding fathers of rocketry and astronautics.His works later inspired leading Soviet rocket engineers such as Sergey Korolyov and Valentin Glushko and contributed to the success of the Soviet space program.

Tsiolkovsky spent most of his life in a log house on the outskirts of Kaluga, about 200 km (120 mi) southwest of Moscow. A recluse by nature, he appeared strange and bizarre to his fellow town-folk.

Tsiolkovsky stated that he developed the theory of rocketry only as a supplement to philosophical research on the subject.

Although many called his ideas impractical, Tsiolkovsky influenced later rocket scientists throughout Europe, like Russian search teams at Peenemünde found a German translation of a book by Tsiolkovsky of which “almost every page…was embellished by von Braun’s comments and notes.” Leading Russian rocket-engine designer Valentin Glushko and rocket designer Sergey Korolyov studied Tsiolkovsky’s works as youths, and both sought to turn Tsiolkovsky’s theories into reality. In particular, Korolyov saw traveling to Mars as the more important priority, until in 1964 he decided to compete with the American Project Apollo for the moon.

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