Within the framework of “Space Technology Conference Central Eurasia”, held in Tashkent from 10 to 11 May 2022, the Chairman of the Board of JSC “NC KAZAKSTAN GHARYSH SAPARY” and the famous Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov announced their plans of creating the first terrestrial experimental complex in Central Asia for conducting model studies of space flights and scientific experiments. The partner of this project and its general sponsor is the private space company Eurasian Space Ventures along with its founder, Shukhrat Ibragimov.
The Terrestrial Experimental Facility will be represented by one of the compartments of the space station where researchers will conduct experiments for an extended period of time. The operability of the module will be provided by local life support systems. Research project participants will work in a stable environment that is as close to isolation in space as possible.
Among the key tasks of the complex there will be the study of life support systems for space activities, medical means of disease prevention, crew performance, dynamics and autonomy, the consequences of isolation and related physiological stressors.
“The space industry is a young area of science and technology for our country, where scientific experiments in the field of space technologies, geophysics, medicine and biology, biotechnology and fundamental sciences will provide us with numerous opportunities to implement space achievements in almost any field of activity”, – Aidyn Aimbetov, the Chairman of the Board of JSC “KAZAKHSTAN GHARYSH SAPARY” noted within the framework of the conference.
In addition, the complex can provide unique resources such as variable volumes of living quarters, exclusive day-night cycles, and innovative working environments for research designed in accordance with the requests of the testers.
«The first space research mission in Central Asia will make a significant contribution to the popularization of space studies among young people. For those who are truly passionate about it, it is a dream come true. While space flights are considered to be the destiny of dozens of people from all over the world, in the future the Kazakhstani experimental complex will be able to host hundreds of scientists and thousands of tourists willing to touch space projects», noted Shukhrat Ibragimov, founder of Eurasian Space Ventures.
The appearance and content of the terrestrial experimental complex are currently under active development and will be presented separately in 2022. The initiators of the project note that all the best world practices, that are used both when working on the ISS and in the framework of such projects as Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) and similar ones conducted under the auspices of NASA, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos, will be taken into consideration.