MAKS 2005 - the biennial Russian International Aviation and Space Salon - is being held in Zhukovsky, close to Moscow, from 16 to 21 August. Space exploration has a prominent role at MAKS 2005 as for the first time the Russian Federal Space Agency, as well as ESA, are exhibitors.
All together 42 countries, 130 foreign aerospace companies and 500 Russian companies. are taking part in the air show. ESA’s presence is a sign of the growing cooperation between ESA and Russia marked by the working group on cooperation with Russia set up by ESA and the Russian Federal Space Agency at the beginning of this year. The working group is in the process of drawing up a Euro-Russian Space Cooperation Plan for presentation to ESA’s Ministerial Council in December.
A number of presentations are taking place at the ESA stand to inform visitors about the many areas of ESA-Russian cooperation; these include the development of future launchers, scientific interplanetary missions, scientific experiments on board the International Space Station (ISS), joint microgravity experiments in space and projects for Earth observation.
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