Following the joint
document on ‘New Opportunities for a Euro-Russian Space Partnership’
and in the run-up to a major workshop
in Moscow, a new
website has been launched aimed at keeping readers informed of ongoing
developments in European-Russian co-operation in space, providing news,
research results, and links to other sources of information.
new website, called ‘Europe/Russia
co-operation in space’ , is the result of the combined efforts
of the European Commission, the Russian
Aviation and Space Agency (Rosaviakosmos) and the European
Space Agency (ESA) . It represents the realisation of an idea first
proposed by Research
Commissioner Philippe Busquin. In a letter addressed to Rosaviakosmos
Director General Yuri Koptev, Busquin proposed a new website which would,
“provide interesting and up-to-date information about developments
related to Euro/Russia Space co-operation”.
With a view to promoting
co-operation and partnership between Europe and Russia, the European
Commission welcomes the participation of Russian researchers in
its Sixth Framework
Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6).
In addition to Russian involvement in Integrated Projects, Networks
and Centres of Excellence, specific international activities are
being promoted on the basis of common interests and objectives as
well as the particular economic and social needs of Russia.
In a series of meetings held in 2002, the Commission
and the Russian Federation devised an action plan to guide co-operative
research activities under FP6. While specific areas have been identified
as being most likely to benefit from collaborative research, including
nanotechnologies; information technologies; biotechnologies; and
of course aeronautics and space, all of the FP6 thematic priorities
are open to participation by third-country researchers and institutions.
||Co-operation on a broad front
co-operation in space covers a variety of activities, all of which
are addressed on the new website. They include satellite navigation,
earth observation, space transport and space-based research. Also
included on the new site are profiles of the European Commission,
Rosaviakosmos and ESA, as well as information on upcoming events
and other web resources.