As the documents show, in late September, the Federal Space Agency announced a competition for "research on the development of scientific and technical basis for the application of developments in the field of nanotechnology for the development of advanced space-rocket technology with enhanced reliability and quality" — short name of "Highway" (Nano).
These works will become part of an integrated study of the scientific and technical issues and develop proposals for the development of space capabilities of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2030. The initial contract price was 583.3 million rubles. Performance time — from the date of signing of the state contract on 25 November 2015.
Purpose of the research program "Highway" (Nano) is to achieve the results aimed at the introduction of nanotechnology in the production of design offices and companies Roskosmos
- Formation of the areas of development and application of nanotechnology, nanomaterials and nano-products in the future rocket and space technology (CT).
- Creation of scientific and technical basis for the development and expansion of the use of nanotechnology, nanomaterials and nanosystems in functional elements of aerospace hardware perspective.
- Design and development of methodological support research of nanotechnology, nanomaterials and nanosystems with the help of modern measurement and diagnostic equipment.
For the contest came just one application — from Keldysh Center, which undertook to carry out this work for a marginal price. The contest was announced not taken place, then, in accordance with the law, the Federal Space Agency has received the right to sign a contract with a single applicant.
It should also be noted that the Keldysh Research Center has already signed a contract and sent all documents in the Federal Space Agency.
In the Keldysh Research Center since 2007 is nanotechnology department, whose staff are developing new nano-materials, coatings for thermal insulation, solar panels, micromechanisms, datchikina nanotube.