On April 7, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution sponsored by Russia declaring
12 April‘International Day of Human Space Flight’:
Russia’s permanent representative to the UN VitalyChurkin read astatement from President Medvedev stating: “I am convinced that multilateral
cooperation for the exploration and the use of outer space for peaceful purposes will be extended to anincreasing number of countries, that it will promote joint efforts aimed at finding solutions to globalproblems and for the scientific and technological progress of mankind.”
International Space Station (ISS)
: A Russian-American endeavor that began in 1993 withparticipants from Canada, Japan and EU countries. The ISS consists of two integrated segments
(Russian and US) and has been incrementally assembled in orbit from individual modules. RSCEnergia partners with Boeing in combining the two sections and the orbital platform will be used until2020.
NASA cooperation with Roscosmos
: NASA and the Russian space program have established anenduring partnership in international space cooperation. Russia has shuttled more than 20 NASAastronauts since 1995, and following this year’s termination of the American space shuttle program,the Russian space agency will transport, train, and incur all other costs associated with puttingAmerican astronauts into space. The current contract extension is worth $753 million, running until
International cooperation on GLONASS:
Roscosmos signed agreements and memoranda ofcooperation on the use of GLONASS technologies with a host of countries, including Argentina, Brazil,Ukraine, and India. Further agreements are being lined up with Chile, Nicaragua, Peru and SaudiArabia to make the system more widely available around the world. As part of the ongoing spacedialogue, Russia and the EU are discussing the possibility of cooperation between the ERAGLONASS satellite and the Europe’s Galileo system. Meanwhile talks are ongoing with betweenRussia and the US towards compatibility and interoperability between GLONASS and GPS.
: French Arianespace is the “commercial launch service leader, having orbited more
satellites to geostationary transfer orbit than any other provider in the world”. In itsRussianoperations,it has operated the Soyuz medium launcher at Baikonur (Kazakhstan) since 1999, with 22successful commercial launches. The Russian-designed Soyuz, in use since 1957 when it putSputnik into orbit, has been used in more than 1,700 missions. At the 2010 St. Petersburg forum,
CEO of Arianespace Jean-Yves Le Gall and Russian space program head Anatoly Perminov signedan agreement that will see Arianespace order up to 10 Soyuz launches, to be performed from theGuiana Space Center.
Russian cooperation with European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (EADS):
Atrium, asubsidiary of EADS and Russian firm ScanEx,signed an agreement in September 2010 giving the
company exclusive distribution rights for Spot 6 and Spot 7 satellites. The satellites, used in mapping,