The meeting gathered from professionals around the world, initially designed to show the merits of the various states (and first RF) in the conquest of space, eventually turned into a good illustration of the famous aphorism of Bulgakov's novel "Heart of a Dog" — "Devastation is not a closet, and in their heads."
Expectations do not match reality
The program of the Congress placed on the corresponding website first of the year, immediately interested in the unusual building. Previous forums festive opening ceremony flowed smoothly into the huge plenary session, after which the operation of sections and "round tables". But in Moscow by this tradition has been broken, and a prelude to a discussion of development problems gallakticheskogo place was a separate (and only) Fri first day or event. Participants and guests of the congress organizers said that the opening act not only the leaders of the space industry of the Russian Federation, and other VIP-guests — both from the capital and from the federal government. Specifically, it was expected that the participants will congratulate the Russian capital by the mayor Sergei Sobyanin.
But as often happens in our homeland, the expectations are not in line with reality. Meeting with ambassadors of 19 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and America (as employees of companies and research institutions of the Russian Federation) is not intrigued by any of those in power or control of the industry. In the hall of the Shuvalov academic building of Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov made only forum organizers, some unknown to a wide range of professional bureaucrats, the head of the missile and space company (RCM) "Energy" Vitaly Lopota and several Russian astronauts. And no 1 representative of the Federal Space Agency (FSA)! And despite the fact that the control of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin, is listed as the head of the organizing committee of Congress, which also includes several employees of the Russian gallakticheskogo department.
In general, the first day of "work" offline leave a memory no decent international activities, and of a "cabal", which brought together friends and colleagues to chat about life and talk "over a glass of tea" at a banquet urgent problems.
Bureaucrats have withdrawn
Oh well, I thought the creator seems harsh discussions will begin tomorrow, August 28. After all, this is the number of scheduled first plenary session, which should open report 2-sponsors — the head of Roscosmos, Vladimir Popovkin and State Secretary Vitaly Davydov — on the strategy of development of Russian Astronautics 2030. According to the last or so has been formulated topic in the program posted on the website of the Congress. Imagine the surprise of those present when getting your hands on a printed program from the adjusted, they saw the first number of the plenary session of the short line: "Report of the Federal Space Agency." Do not specify any topic or speaker.
Intrigued by the members of Congress with the inner trepidation wondered what gallakticheskie horizons open before the State Secretary Vitaly Davydov (on the arrival of first-person agency, taking into account the actions of the last few months, no one even dared to place). But wait again were dashed hiding eyes, the main organizer of the forum — a recognizable Russian scientist, member of the Presidium of Russian Academy of Engineering Mark Rahmilevich Liebersohn sheepishly told employees that the management of Russian Federal Space Agency apologizes — report ported to almost ended, the third working day (August 30). Looking ahead, we say that the first persons on the FSA Congress so no one saw.
However, attending the "plenarke" immediately comforted catchy, sensual, though, the views of some professionals, some chaotic speech of the RSC "Energia" Vitaly Lopota. By the way, he became the sole control of gallakticheskih large companies and organizations, who has carved out in his own busy schedule time to unveil at the International Congress of development and the potential of the well-known royal company. Others, apparently following the example of their superiors of the Russian Federal Space Agency, do not bother to honor his presence is so unimportant to their collection.
Do not have time to digest the forum participants Lopota emotional speech about future missions to the Moon and Mars, as their attention captured by representatives of astronaut training center (CTC), Yuri Gagarin. Report of the Management of the CPC burning dilemmas Professor of space explorers smoothly flowing into the "round table" on the same subject, which were not only Russian astronauts, and foreign astronauts. By the way, such a format as part of the congress was organized for the first time.
"In principle participants of the" round table "should be able to open a discussion puzzles training astronauts and cosmonauts with the strategic objectives for future interplanetary missions, but in the end these problems were only partly affected by the report of the CPC", — the expert noted with regret the weekly "military-industrial complex."
Management of the center, supporting the need for reform of the system of training for the crews who will "storm the Universe", offered his vision of the problem and its solutions. But it remained unclear whether this vision coincides with the position of the country in the face of Russian Federal Space Agency. Failed to clarify the situation, as the representatives of the departments at the "round table" was not observed. Apparently, the bureaucrats interested, as crews will train in 10-15 years, because it is unclear whether they will remain for the time in their own posts.
As in the past
The stark contrast against our officials to the prospects own industry forum participants were able prochuyat at the second plenary session (by the way, the first time the plenary papers were not so small that they heard by all three business day or Congress). Speakers during the second day heads of representative offices in Russia Space Agency and the United States of Europe (Michael Serber — NASA and Rene Pishel — ESA) posted brightest, notable presentation of fundamental research plans solar system, including both automatic and manned missions. On the screen appeared bolshennom brightest slides that NASA and ESA staff complement fascinating commentaries, only occasionally looking at the papers lying in front of them. At the end of the report Michael Serber wowed the audience video film mounted of the best pictures of the Earth, the ISS cr
The third number of the working day or applets was listed by the representative of "the General Staff of the" Russian Astronautics — TsNIIMASH. Inspired with 2 previous reports, were present in the audience members and guests were ready to listen to a fascinating message about the mental capacity of, which is the successor to the majestic power that sent in near-Earth space the first satellite and the first man. But no such luck.
I do not know how to foreigners, but the Russians, especially the middle and older generations could feel wayfarers in a time machine. This representative TsNIIMASH allegedly returned them to the "good ol 'days of party congresses and festive meetings, when standing in the pulpit speakers is long and monotonous mumbled to himself under his breath, the next opus of glittering achievements of national economy and the future five-year plans, and sitting in the hall made" intelligent face, "diligently struggling to stay awake. Slides to display our special regime does not contain graphics and pictures, and in the main the same plaintive read the text.
By the way, nothing new either professionals or journalists have not heard: the lunar program that changes the form of year-on-year and it is unclear when it begins to be implemented, excellent plans for joint missions automatic to Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and the asteroid Apophis closer to the end of the third decade of this century The astrophysical research.
After such "meaningful" plenary lecture was still hope that the breakthrough ideas and projects will be presented at the sessions. How unfortunate it did not sound. These statements was insignificant. In this sense the work of the section with the symbolic title "Perspectives gallakticheskoy of Russia", where most of the posts had to do the representatives of the Khrunichev Center Khrunichev and TsNIIMASH. It all started with the fact that modernization, announcing the order of the section, was invited to the chair of the creator of the first presentation of the Khrunichev Space Center, but no one came out. The situation repeated with the second and the third speaker. Ultimately scattered modernization cried: "Tell me, is there even any of the Khrunichev center? '. But the answer to it was quiet.
Things were no better and presentations TsNIIMASH. The creators even made happy by his presence and a section of the Congress, but instead of discussing promising projects really boring read out excerpts from the developed to the depths of their own gallakticheskoy Institute of Development Strategy of Russia until 2030 … (which, by the way, was subjected to merciless criticism of the majority of professionals in the industry).
"Face" of Russian Astronautics
To be fair, it's not so bad in the Russian science. According to the professional "military-industrial complex", the Congress sounded many fascinating posts of graduate students and young scientists who work in enterprises and research institutes Russian gallakticheskoy industry. "There have been reports on the level of breakthrough thinking, and the guys generate ideas that can be fully implemented and must be necessary industry" — convincingly read the source. But the projects of young enthusiasts are in the development stage and without the support of the country's risk and remain only on paper, as well as many ideas past 2-decades.
"In this regard, frankly, a striking absence of any enthusiasm to new scientific developments of the Russian Federal Space Agency, representatives of which were not observed in the plenary or the breakout sessions — saw expert. — One gets the impression that the agency is not required neither science nor breakthrough ideas, bureaucrats busy with any other, but it led task not in any way associated with the prospects of the industry. "
Noteworthy that at the last Congress in the middle of Russian youth participants was about half, the other can be safely attributed to the older and "poststarshemu" generation. While most of the foreign scholars and professionals who came to Moscow to "look the other and be seen", are located in the "golden age" — from 30 to 50 years. I wonder what a "person" shall have Russian Astronautics still short years that way in 10-15 if you do not keep the young enthusiasts in the industry? Who will prepare missions to the Moon and Mars, to make other strategic tasks?
Long-hold on the nude enthusiasm is not far away at all. This is evidenced by the sudden withdrawal of the Russian astronaut Dmitry Kondratiev, who was considered one of the most trained and reliable representatives of this once romantic profession. He expected his own "finest hour" on the bench spare almost 13 years, perfectly executed program from the first personal long term expedition to the ISS, for which he was awarded the title of Hero of the Russian Federation. It was assumed that in 2014, specifically Kondratyev will head an international crew, which will include the only lady in the Russian squad — Lena Serov. And then it turns out that the Russian Air Force colonel, although not tolerate forcible transfer of all military astronauts on civilian service (with the severe loss in wages), generally left the squad of space explorers in fully terrestrial commercial structure.
A case in point for the young who dream of a distant planet.
The problem essentially goes far beyond the real incentives for workers gallakticheskoy industry (although the life of the vast majority of people, especially the family, this factor plays a very important role.) "Youth must create prospects for their own work, to feel they are needed, — the expert. — And without the attention and support of the country's "brains" in the industry do not hold out. In the best case, guys, having gained knowledge and experience, went out and brought myself to use on gallakticheskih enterprises of other states, and at worst — generally leave the profession. "
But Roscosmos bureaucrats, apparently, do not position themselves as representatives of the country.
Remembering the famous lines from the Russian "March of the Motherland" — "young everywhere we road, the elderly always we honor" can only hurt to smile. Most likely, and old and young in our Fatherland directed by bureaucrats known way and not in a fair and secure future.