TOMSK, Oct 1 – RIA Tomsk. Round-the-world
expedition on the airship through both poles of the Earth, which is being
prepared by scientists of the Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics (TUSUR), will take place in 2022; the consolidated flight
budget will amount to about 1 billion rubles, the rector of the university
Victor Rulevskiy told RIA Tomsk.
was reported that the employees of TUSUR, together with engineers of the Moscow
Aviation Institute (MAI) and representatives of the Russian Geographical
Society (RGO) will develop and test equipment for a round-the-world research
expedition on the airship. Project "Airship. Two Poles of the Earth"
includes large-scale studies of the ocean, atmosphere and climate phenomena.
to our calculations, the expedition on the airship through two poles of the
Earth will take place in 2022. This project is very ambitious, interesting in
terms of science and education... The consolidated budget (of the expedition)
is about 1 billion rubles," – Rulevskiy said.
him, the airship developed in TUSUR will be built by MAI specialists. The
balloon will be made of multi-layer synthetic fabric, covered with a special
aluminium composition that will prevent the balloon from heating from the sun,
and filled with helium. Cabin frame is made of light metal alloy. The cost of
the aircraft will be from 200 to 300 million rubles.
airship is unique in that you can stop anywhere, on any site. Take analyses of
air, water samples, soil, record any climatic parameters. In addition it is
interesting for TUSUR, that we will be able to test communication and navigation
systems in extremely remote territories", – Rulevskiy explained.
him, TUSUR (even together with RGO) cannot fully finance the expedition and is
currently looking for partners to organize the flight. Now several state
corporations have shown interest in the project, ready to place their own
equipment on the airship, as well as banks interested in advertising.