The development of the Soviet reusable space transportation system “Energia-Buran” has defined the development vector of some technologies being successfully applied in the present-day science-intensive production. One more important result of the work has become the obtaining of the experience of the largest in the aerospace industry history cooperation for the implementation of the grand project. The collaboration traditions introduced between VIAM and ORPE Technologiya are making a worthiful progress at present.
During the years of collaboration and by joint efforts, there was developed the unique thermal protection for the spacecraft, consisting of almost 36 thousand ceramic tiles. Within the project framework there has been developed the ceramic material retaining its strength in the widest temperature range. It is for this space system that for the first time in the country there have been produced large-size polymer composite payload section doors with an overall length of nearly 18 m.
“The VIAM experts have had a great influence on the formation and evolution of ORPE Technologiya, and Buran has rallied our teams. The collaborative work on the epoch-making project has demonstrated that we can solve the most complicated problems by combining our efforts. These commemorative decorations are a tribute of respect for your professionalism”, Director General O. Komissar said, presenting the medals.