Space Research Institute
Институт Космических Исследований
Space Research Institute

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Current missions and experiments
(main experimental projects under implementation)


  • PLASMA-F suit (three scientific instruments and data processing unit) onboard Spektr-R spacecraft to measure plasma and magnetic field in the interplanetary medium and the Earth’s magnetosphere. Launched in 2011.

  • Hend (short for High Energy Neutron Detector) instrument onboard Mars Odyssey mission (NASA) to study Martian surface composition and to search for water ice on the surface and in the upper layer of the regolith in particular. Launched in 2001.

  • Mars Express (ESA) mission for Mars remote sensing. IKI contributed to three instruments onboard the mission: OMEGA mapping spectrometer, PFS (Planetary Fourier Spectrometer), and SPICAM infrared and UV spectrmeter. Russian scientists are also co-investigators in most scientific groups of the project. Launched in 2003.
  • BTN-M №1 for BTN-Neutron experiment for fast and thermal neutron studies onboard Service Module within Russian Orbital Segment of International Space Station (ISS). Launched in 2007.
  • LEND (short for Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector) instrument onboard Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (NASA) to study elemental composition of lunar regolith and look for water ice in lunar regolith. Launched in 2009.

  • DAN (short for Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons) instrument onboard Curiosity rover (Mars Science Laboratory project, NASA) to measure neutron flux from Martian surface along the rover's path, which corresponds to the ratio of water ice or bound water in the upper layer of the regolith. Launched in 2011.
  • INTERGAL (INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory, ESA) X-ray and gamma-ray orbital observatory. It was delivered to space by Proton launcher from Baikonur cosmodrome, under condition that Russian scientists get 25% of the observational time. IKI hosts Russian Scientific Data Center, which is the main hub for anyone in Russia, who wish to work with observatory's data or apply for observational time. Launched in 2002.

  • RTT150 Russian-Turkish 1.5-m Telescope. International observatory in Turkey (previously called AZT-22), mountain Bakyrlytepe is an international project carried out under supervision of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). One of the main goals is ground support of space projects, INTEGRAL in particular, but also Planck, and, in future, Spectr-RG.

  • MKS-Obstanovka (ISS-Environment) experiment onboard International Space Station (Russian segment) to study plasma properties and plasma waves in the ionosphere in the close vicinity of superlarge spacecraft. Launched in 2013.

    Additionally, IKI's scientists belong to various international collaborations on a number of science projects, such as IBEX and Planck, and are engaged in studies with Earth-based facilities.