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Completion of Russia's segment of the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for 2011
Completion of Russia's segment of the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for 2011, stated head of Roskosmos (Russian Space) Anatoly Perminov speaking at the 55th International Aeronautics Congress in Vancouver (Canada). Besides, according to Roskosmos director's press secretary Vyacheslav Davidenko, Anatoly Perminov stated that Russia was seriously considering implementation of manned flights to the Moon and the Mars. "The experience of designing and operating the ISS will certainly be fundamental for preparing future interplanetary expeditions," said Mr. Perminov. Currently Roskosmos is working on "transfer schemes, designs of interplanetary systems, issues of crews selection, training and medical support, principles of designing life support systems and robotics," added the head of Roskosmos. Mr. Perminov briefed the congress on the status of Russia's space industry. According to him, currently the country has 112 enterprises including 31 industrial, 66 research and development and 15 other organizations of the space industry. "Roskosmos does not divide the enterprises' activities into commercial and non-commercial. Concluding commercial contracts the Russian space enterprises use the obtained funds for enhancing the production base and the space facilities created under the Federal Space Program," Vyacheslav Davidenko quoted Mr. Perminov as saying. Cooperation of Roskosmos and the industry consists in the fact that the agency undertakes the function of a state guarantor in implementation of large-scale commercial projects, for example, "Sea Launch." It also ensures export and import of strictly supervised goods. In particular, it applies to export/import of the Russian RD-180 rocket engine, which is used in the U.S. Atlas booster. The agency also provides customs clearance of goods, for example, certain components of the European Mars-Express spacecraft, which was launched from theBaikonur space center, crossed the border up to 10 times. Besides, according to Mr. Perminov, Roskosmos also participates in controlling proliferation of rocket technologies
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