25.08.2015 - 30.08.2015 | Zhukovsky, Russia

Russia’s International Aviation and Space Salon - MAKS 2015

The EU Delegation to Russia attended Russia’s largest air show, the International Aviation and Space Salon (MAKS), which was held from 25-30 August in Zhukovsky, Moscow region. The event, organised every two years, featured about 600 Russian companies and more than 150 foreign firms representing around 30 countries.

The highest profile visitors were the Saudi and Jordanian kings, the Egyptian President, as well as Chinese and Iranian military delegations. Western participation included commercial delegations of leading aerospace companies and the delegation of the European Space Agency (ESA) led by ESA Director-General Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations Thomas Reiter, and Director of Science and Robotic Exploration Álvaro Giménez Cañete.

MAKS has long been a useful forum for laying the groundwork for future contracts with foreign partners, and several agreements were again concluded this year, including an agreement between Airbus and Russian satellite manufacturer Russian Space Systems to launch a production line for satellite hardware; and a number of cooperation documents in the space industry which Roscosmos signed with the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

In addition, ESA and Roscosmos signed an agreement on promoting cooperation within the ExoMars project, with mission launches planned for 2016 and 2018.

Source: International Research Newsletter, September 2015