28 Mar '12
Samara region, under its cooperation with the Skolkovo Foundation, has presented a project of nanosatellite, to be carried by a rocket, developed by the local engineering bureau CSKB-Progress, PRFO.RU reports citing regional officials.
Nanosatellites belong in the group of small manmade Earth satellites. Despite their light weight of 1-10 kilograms, nanosatellites are fully-functioning devices used for astronomic studies, Earth monitoring, search and rescue operations.
“As a carrier we will use a rocket made by CSKB-Progress, while satellites may be manufactured elsewhere. For example, we can use satellites, assembles by students of Samara Aerospace University. The satellites may be launched under state contracts or commercial contracts, for the purposes of economic development, science research, and others,” said Vladislav Kapustin, the Minister of Economic Development, Investment and Trade of Samara region.
Under plans of the regional government, about 30 innovative projects from Samara region may get statuses of Skolkovo residents by mid-2013. Each project may be eligible for Skolkovo grants of up to 5 million rubles (approximately $170,000) at startup stages to 300 million rubles ($10m) at production launch stage. The grant size also depends on available co-finance.
“The 2012 budget has been approved, and there are no limits for Samara applications. I believe Samara region might well come up with a group of 30 companies, cooperating with Skolkovo,” Stanislav Naumov, the GR vice-president of Skolkovo Foundation.
The Skolkovo innovation center is to become the largest 'test bench' for a new economic policy in Russia. The specially allocated territory outside Moscow is to provide special conditions for R&D in energy and energy efficient technologies, nuclear, space, biomedical and computer sectors.