EADS’s long-term strategy for growing its relationships with Russian institutes, research centers, universities and companies was validated this month during the first board meeting of the newly created research and technology company, EADS Russian Technology Office Sk LLC (RTO Sk), which comes under EADS Innovation Works’ international operations. The new company seamlessly extends the research and technology activities of EADS Innovation Works and the EADS divisions into the Russian environment.
Among the board’s actions was a confirmation to relocate the RTO Sk operation from its temporary location in the Russian Academy of Sciences building at the center of Moscow to the Skolkovo Innovation City’s Technopark site by year-end. This step will mark a logical progression in strengthening EADS’ relationships with Russian research, technology and development partners.
Hypercube office space in Sklolkovo, Russia. From the left to right: Richard Forster, EADS Russian Technical Office ( RTO ); Arnaud Marfurt, EADS Innovation Works; Marina Evans, EADS RTO; Alexander Kuleshov, IRIAS ; Jean Botti, EADS Chief Technical Officer; Dmitry Bondarenko, EADS RTO; Alexander Fomenkov, EADS RTO.
The Skolkovo campus is Russia’s new high-technology hub, acting as an incubation center tasked with facilitating the country’s cooperative research and technology projects. It provides the natural host for EADS’ increased presence in the Russian research community, with numerous advantages for EADS in terms of infrastructure, proximity to technology partners, networking with company leaders, strengthened links with governmental agencies and financial investment opportunities.
Also decided by the RTO Sk board at this month’s meeting was further cooperation with Skolkovo through the company’s participation in the hub’s Industrial Advisory Board initiatives, along with the potential creation of testing labs at the Technopark.
By coordinating activities through Skolkovo, EADS Innovation Works’ places the focus on furthering its cutting-edge scientific cooperation – contributing to resolving challenges and issues faced by EADS divisions, while also encouraging the establishment of commercial spin-off companies in Russia where specific technological solutions can be evolved into products and services for the international marketplace.
Since the early 1990s, EADS and its divisions have performed more than 120 cooperative projects in Russia, covering such areas as aerodynamics, acoustics, composite technologies, material development, simulation and modeling. In addition to working with the Russian aerospace sector, EADS also seeks partners from outside this industry that can bring unique capabilities and resources to its research and technology efforts.