Space Research Institute
Институт Космических Исследований
Space Research Institute


As the leading organization of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the field of investigations of Outer Space, Solar System planets and other objects of the Universe, Space Research Institute (IKI) is primary in charge of long-range planning and elaboration of space research programs of which a considerable part is performed within the framework of international space research cooperation.

  • Main results of the experimental and theoretical research completed in 2014 new!
  • Main research and development work completed in 2014 and ready for implementation new!
  • The most important results from previous years
  •    Current missions and experiments

    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.
    Venus Express (ESA) mission for Venus remote sensing. IKI contributed to two instruments onboard the spacecraft: SPICAV/SOIR infrared and UV-spectrometer and PFS (Planetary Fourier Spectrometer). Russian scientists are also co-investigators in three other experiments VIRTIS, VMS, and ASPERA. Launched in 2005.
    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.
    Chibis-M microsatellite to study electromagnetic emissions from radio to gamma-ray wavebands, which are generated by lightning is thunderstorms in Earth's low atmosphere. Launched in 2011.
    Integral (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.

    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.
    RELEC (microsatellite experiment to study energetic particles in the near-Earth space, principal organisation — Skobeltsyn Institute for Nuclear Physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University) to study electron acceleration and losses in the near-Erath environment, wave-particle interactions, role of electron precipitation for upper atmosphere and ionosphere, and role of high-altitude discharges in the global electric circuit. Launched in 2014.

    High Energy Astrophysics which includes both theoretical and experiments works with data from space and Earth-based observatories, and development of future astrophysical instruments.

    Planetary Exploration, from instrument design and development to data acquisition and incorporation into current theories of planetary evolution, including climate research.

    Nuclear planetology, i.e., using gamma-ray and neutron detectors to study planetary composition.
    Solar-terrestrial relations, studies of Sun, solar wind, and interplanetary medium, space weather, including novel approaches to study sun's influence over biological systems.
    Space Plasma Physics

    Space Weather

    Earth remote sensing, including data analysis and development of dedicated information systems using satellite data.

    Optical Physics Research, navigation instruments for spacecraft.

    Russian Space Science Internet

    Instrumentation for Fundamental and Applied Space Projects
       Seminars & Conferences

    The International academic and applicatory Conference "International Space Station Research Investigations and Experiments"

    The Fifth Moscow Solar System Symposium (5MS3)

    International Conference "Mode Conversion, Coherent Structures and Turbulence"

    International Conference: Cosmology and Relativistic Astrophysics (Zeldovich-100)

    The Fourth Moscow Solar System Symposium (4M-S3)

    International Colloquium and Workshop "Ganymede Lander: scientific goals and experiments"

    The Third Moscow Solar System Symposium (3M-S3)

    International Conference "Space Weather Effects on Humans: in Space and on Earth"

    The Second Moscow Solar System Symposium (2M-S3)

    The Second Russian Study Group with Industry

    Open All-Russia Conferences "Actual Problems in Remote Sending of the Earth from Space

    International Workshops "Landing site selection for Luna-Glob Lander"

  • Conference Archive

  • IKI Seminar

  • Seminar on Mechanics, Control and Informatics
  •    Other Activities

    Astronomy Letters - a journal of astronomy and space astrophysics

    IKI cooperation for optical observations of cosmic gamma-ray bursts

    Remote sensing of ocean - a collection of radar images
    Space Research Institute (IKI)
    117997, 84/32 Profsoyuznaya Str, Moscow, Russia
    Phone +7(495) 333-52-12
    Fax +7(495) 913-30-40