Samara National Research University named after academician S.P. Korolev (Samara University) is one of the fastest-developing Russian institutions of higher education. Samara University has been listed among Russia’s 29 national research universities. As of 2013, it has been included in the program for improving the competitiveness of Russian universities among the world’s top science-and-education centers (Project 5-100). It is aimed at unleashing the full scientific and educational potential of the best Russian universities on a global level.
The scientific and education activity of Samara University encompasses aerospace technologies, engine-building, and modern methods of information processing, as well as the fundamental technical and natural sciences and the humanities.
Samara University since 1957 has been designing and building aerospace equipment, the strategic trend in research and training of specialists.
The university has formulated a world-class, unique research and educational complex, which involves the students directly in all stages of development, creation and testing of spacecraft.
The unique, distributed space laboratory with ground and space segments is based on:
After blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 19 April 2013, the Soyuz-2.1a rocket launched the Aist SSC into orbit as one of the payloads with the BION-M No. 1 satellite. The new light-class Soyuz-2.1v launched the injection unit Volga with second Aist SSC on 8 December 2013.
Aist-2D was launched on 28 April 2016 (during the first launch from the new Russian Vostochny Cosmodrome) with the Lomonosov satellite and the SamSat-218 nanosatellite, developed by the Samara students.
In June 2016, the leading research-and-education teams at Samara University were used as the basis for the formation of new interdisciplinary divisions – strategic academic units (SAU):
The university maintains active cooperation with major scientific and educational structures from different countries, shares laboratories with foreign scientific research universities, and pursues student exchange and double-diploma programs.