UAC and Saxony sign pilot projects agreement on technology development
Today, Alexey Fedorov, President of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), and Sven Morlok, Saxon Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, signed two cooperation agreements at the UAC head-quarters.
The agreements were concluded within the framework of the Minister’s four-day visit to Russia. They stipulate the principal agreements reached by the UAC President Mr. Fedorov and Saxon Prime-Minister Mr. Tillich at the meetings in April 2009 in Moscow and in March 2010 in Dresden to develop high technology in aircraft engineering.
According to the first agreement TU Dresden (GWT-TUD Dresden) which is in charge of technology transfer, will develop a technology allowing using fuel cell power as a source of electric power for an aircraft and will prove its applicability at a laboratory.
In this joint project the Russian part is responsible for working out fuel cell power and integrating an electrochemical installation on board of an aircraft, and the German part is in charge of working out a storage and fuel supply system. It is planned to start the works this November. The parts intend to develop and present a technology demonstrator on the basis of a unmanned aircraft by MAKS-2011 air show (to be held in August 2011).
The second contract was signed between UAC and Fraunhofer Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZFP). According to the agreement the Institute will carry out a research to find out whether corrosion protection procedures worked out by the Institute can be applied to the materials used by UAC.
The aim of the pilot project named “corrosion-resistant nano-dimonds coating” is to work out new materials with better qualities. These materials will provide for much longer corrosion protection, friction reduction, protection coating weight reduction, and better de-icing qualities.