Future of Unmanned Aviation Discussed at TsAGITech
16 October 2023
By 2024, Russia aims to achieve full operability of its national project for the advancement of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). To attain high-level outcomes in this field, it is imperative for the professional community to join forces and diligently work towards establishing the requisite circumstances for a profound transformation. To that end, TsAGI (a part of NRC “Zhukovsky Institute”) and Zhukovsky Municipal Administration held a workshop titled ‘Developing RPAS Industry: Assignments, Challenges and Solutions’. It was held early October at TsAGITech.
The workshop was opened by Kirill Karpenko, Zhukovsky Deputy Mayor. Welcoming speech was made by Denis Kravchenko (First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy at the State Duma; Secretary-General of the United Russia Party’s Supreme Council). He highlighted the role that legislative authorities can assume in fostering the UAS advancement. In particular, Denis Kravchenko spoke on establishing State Duma’s special working group on UAS regulatory support.
The event was also attended by D. Sc. Aleksandr Medvedsky, First Deputy Director General, TsAGI; and Sergey Chernyshev, Chief Scientific Officer, TsAGI; Vice-President and Academician of the RAS.
‘Today, the government is actively addressing the need for unmanned aviation. The support of regional authorities for the development of this area, including our science city, Zhukovsky, is highly appreciated. One proposal under discussion today involves the establishment of a platform in Zhukovsky aimed at bolstering and providing scientific backing for the UAS industry. This idea is highly logical considering the city’s immense potential in terms of scientific experts, who represent a true hub of intellect. Unmanned aircraft systems pose a significant challenge in today’s world; however, I am confident that we’ll be able to succeed at it,’ said Sergey Chernyshev.
The workshop included demonstration flights of FPV drones (First Person View) with demonstration of their capabilities — maneuverability, speed, cargo transportation, as well as master classes from leading instructors. The small-sized drone competition became the program’s pinnacle, attracting participation from schoolchildren and various other individuals. The leader of Zhukovsky city granted the winners of the competition esteemed prizes.
‘On one hand, children and adolescents are actively engaged in the realm of technical creativity. On the other hand, we offer them genuine insights into unmanned aircraft systems, enabling them to witness its inner workings and gain real-world knowledge. This immersive experience equips the rising generation with a deep understanding of an advanced industry that holds immense potential,’ said Dmitry Chernyshev, Head of TsAGITech.
The workshop additionally facilitated an exposition showcasing advancements by UAS companies. Guests had the opportunity to witness today’s cutting-edge solutions proposed by the creators of these aircraft systems.
Capabilities and mechanisms for fostering the growth of UAS technology enterprises in Zhukovsky were thoroughly deliberated upon during a panel discussion expertly moderated by Dmitry Chernyshev. The discussion gathered Yuri Molodykh, Development Director at NTI Fund’s UpGreat Technology Contest Center; Head of Analytic and Training Center, RPAS Federal Center (Rudnevo); Miron Borgulyov, Head of Science and Innovations Private Enterprise, ROSATOM; Dmitry Kuzyakin, Director General, Center for Integrated Unmanned Solutions; and Oleg Folomeyev, Head for Science and Innovations at Ministry of Investment, Industry and Science of the Moscow Region. In particular, the discussion focused on the forms of support for the UAS industry through existing mechanisms within the framework of federal projects, grant programs and funds to support technology companies. These are venture capital financing, technological competitions, government projects of various levels — such as the creation of the Rudnevo Federal Center for UAS. The experts also discussed the problem of interaction between state corporations and UAS manufacturers.
The workshop brought together representatives of innovation and technology companies, UAS operators and pilots, research institutes and universities. The event also attracted the attention of schoolchildren and students — the youth audience, on which the state relies today in the interests of the development of knowledge-intensive industries.