[FPSPACE] Where are Russia's Industrial "Space Spin-Offs"??
Sat, 30 Dec 2000 17:50:34 EST
Where are Russia's Industrial "Space Spin-Offs"??
I'm cataloguing any "success stories" in Russian/Soviet application of
space-developed technology to commercial and industrial processes in their
non-space sectors of industry. Unlike in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the U.S.,
there don't appear to be many -- if any -- good examples. Am I missing
something? Are there any products being successfully sold which depend on
materials made in space, or in processes discovered in space? I know there
are economic and managerial reasons why such advances couldn't be implemented
in decades past, but is there any prospect for change now?
In July 1999, the United Nations sponsored a conference called "Unispace III"
to discuss the value of space activities for human civilization. Aleksandr
Yakovenko, a Russian member of his country’s permanent mission to the Outer
Space Affairs Committee in Vienna, presented Russia’s official assessment of
its use of space for its national needs.
The report gave tribute to traditional civil applications of space
technology, such as communications satellites, weather observations,
navigation, and ecological monitoring.
Yakovenko then addressed the fundamental issue which motivates nations to
engage in space research, the improvement in the technological base of its
industrial infrastructure through space research and even space-based
"Transfer and active application of the latest scientific and technical
achievements [to] the Russian economy is a very important aspect of space
activity," he wrote. "At present, experience is being gained and work carried
out to create a system assuring an intensive development of the potential of
scientific and technological achievements in the field of space-rocket
equipment into various sectors of the economy. The necessary legal
preconditions for the efficient development of such a system are taking
Jim comments: this paragraph is meaningless blather. It only shows they don't
have a clue on how to do what they say they want to do.