Congress of the International Association of space flights participants will be held in St. Petersburg

© Photo : Association «National Convention Bureau»Congress of the International Association of space flights participants will be held in St. PetersburgCongress of the International Association of space flights participants will be held in St. Petersburg© Photo : Association «National Convention Bureau»

. Russia won the right to host in 2021 34th Planetary Congress of International Association of space flights participants (OWCP), reported in a press-service of the National Convention Bureau (SDB) of Russia.

The Congress is timed to the memorable date – the 60th anniversary of the world’s first manned flight into space.

«In the next Congress, held in Minsk, the international Executive Committee of the Association of space flights participants (AUK) took the decision to conduct the XXXIV Congress in 2021 in St. Petersburg. The Congress will be held with the support of the National Convention Bureau Russia», — stated in the message.

The Congress is held on an annual basis in countries whose citizens had committed at least one space flight, and is the main event, uniting astronauts and cosmonauts around the world, intended for the exchange of experience on space missions and achievements in the field of Astronautics. In the framework of the Congress, which lasts for 5 days, participants will take part in plenary sessions and working sessions of the industry, as well as visit specialized specialized educational institutions in the city of the Congress and the region.

«The most important task of AUK is to promote the establishment of regular and close contacts between specialists… Cosmonauts of Russia see in this project a lot of interesting themes for the future development of Russian space and that is extremely important — to attract smart and energetic young professionals to work in the field of rocket and space industry», — quotes the press service quoted Chairman of the regional branch of the Association of participants of space flights of Russia, pilot-cosmonaut Alexander Alexandrov.

«In our opinion, the choice of the city on the Neva is a very attractive project for the participating countries, and for Russia as a whole. We have already won three bids on a fairly major event that will take place in Russia in the period from 2019 to 2022. In the plans of the National Convention Bureau for the next five years – to bring Russia to the leading position among destinations for international events. One of the objectives of NKB – contribute to the attraction of activities that would facilitate the exchange of new knowledge and technologies», — the press service quoted Director of NKB Alexey Kalachev.

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