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The Russian Centre of Aeronautical Science and Technology in Zhukovsky is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary on Friday
The Russian Centre of Aeronautical Science and Technology in Zhukovsky, a Moscow-satellite town, is celebrating its sixtieth anniversary on Friday. The settlement of Stakhanovo, located twenty-five kilometres from Moscow, acquired on April 23, 1947, the status of town and was renamed in memory of the great Russian scientist and founder of aerohydrodynamics Nikolai Zhukovsky. Thousands of top-class specialists and scientists come there every day. The Centre has the biggest aerohydrodynamic test tunnel in Europe, which is the “heart” of the TsAGI experimental complex. The aerodynamic sturdiness is checked there not only of flying machines, but also of ground vehicles and even of stationary structures, such as bridges and tall buildings. It is worth noting that the Victory Stele on Moscow’s Mount Poklonnaya was subjected to tests within the tunnel, comparable with the most violent hurricanes. The Gromov Flight Research Institute is located in Zhukovsky. It ranked among the most secret institutions of the country in Soviet times. The institute became known abroad only in 1993, when the MAKS International Aerospace Show was held there. The “Agat”, one of the leading defence centres of the country, is also in Zhukovsky. It manufactures not only radar warheads for anti-aircraft defence missiles, but up-to-date medical instruments, too. The Tikhomirov Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Design is there. It produces armaments control systems for fighters and anti-aircraft complexes, while the Institute of Aircraft Equipment produces electronic devices for spaceships and aircraft. This town, known for its high-tech achievements, also has many cultural and sports facilities, including a municipal theatre, a symphony orchestra, two art schools, and many different studios for children. The “Meteor” sports complex was re-opened there after thorough reconstruction. It is now a track-and-field stadium of European standard, the only one in Russia. It is fit to host both Russian and international competitions. Flowers and wreaths will be laid on Friday at the monument to Nikolai Zhukovsky, the founder of aerohydrodynamic science, which stands in very centre of the town. A festive meeting will be held at the local House of Culture on Friday evening to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Russian Aeronautical Centre.
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