Laser Systems, Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RSC Energia and MIPT have entered into a four-party agreement on the creation of a research laboratory on board the ISS
Previously, a separate scientific instrument was used for each experiment on the ISS. The flight space laboratory will be the first of its kind. It will include scientific equipment developed for the implementation of space experiments "Kulon-Magnet", "Kulon-Plasma", "Dust-UV", "Dispersion" and others.
The Joint Institute of High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences, RSC Energia, MIPT and Laser Systems JSC have concluded a four-party agreement on the creation of a research laboratory for active disperse media in microgravity on board the ISS. The laboratory is created on the basis of the Dust Plasma Department of the IVT RAS and the Laboratory of Physics of Active Media and MIPT Systems. Work in the laboratory is included in the long-term program of work on the ISS, "the press service of the institute said.
They said that the scientific activity of the laboratory will be aimed at implementing space experiments in the field of active Coulomb systems, including the study of the dynamics and processes of self-organization of active Brownian particles in the plasma of gas discharges and colloidal systems in microgravity conditions.
Placing the laboratory on the ISS will allow scientists to compare experimental data obtained under real microgravity conditions with theoretical models and numerical modeling results.
"The creation of a laboratory at the International Space Station is an opportunity to conduct full-scale research and experiments in the field of physics of active matter, as well as prerequisites for the formation of new, including international, scientific ties," commented Oleg Petrov, director of OIVT RAS, who will become the scientific director of the laboratory.
The research complex, in addition to the laboratory on the ISS, will include a ground laboratory and an expert group. The ground laboratory is now formed from ground analogues of on-board equipment and available research stands for studying active disperse media.
According to Petrov, students of MIPT will actively participate in the work of the laboratory, which will allow using a unique experimental base and research results in the educational process.