The transport and launch container (KTP) plays an important role in the launch of small spacecraft. It protects vehicles from the external environment, provides transportation as part of the launch vehicle and launches vehicles with the required motion parameters.
Spin-off goes ahead the Idea of creating a company for the production of transport and launch containers originated in the environment of the Committee for innovative projects of youth (KIPM) at RSC PJSC „Energy» named after S. p. Korolev». KIPM is actually a youth design Bureau of the enterprise. In 2017, Maxim Cheremisin, Chairman of kimp, senior researcher, candidate of technical Sciences, invited young specialists of THE Corporation to work on promising projects in the field of space commercialization. The team started putting their ideas into practice on weekends and in their free time. Soon in 2018, the Cosmolab company was founded, which can unofficially be considered a spin-off of RSC Energia and a kind of experiment in the commercialization of space by small groups of young engineers. Maxim and his colleagues created the company mainly at their own expense: they paid for registration, determined finances for monthly contributions to the company’s security and accounting. In August 2018, they became residents of SKOLKOVO.
«We have long been interested in the topic of corporate entrepreneurship, which is very developed in advanced foreign companies. We have studied in detail the experience of Siemens in these matters, and there are successful developments in the aerospace industry. In the Soviet era, youth groups often had the opportunity to work on promising projects within the framework of separate special teams. Today, slightly different mechanisms may work. We were immediately created for the innovative environment of SKOLKOVO, without it, we probably would not have existed, «says Maxim Cheremisin. — We made our first laboratory samples and bench equipment for SKOLKOVO microgrants, and the second, already a flight sample, was also funded by the microgrant. We spent every penny on product development. The Fund provides something that is difficult to obtain in large enterprises due to the small amounts of possible financial benefits compared to large projects and the natural bureaucracy of registration and examination of such small projects. However, I am sure that soon the space industry enterprises will start using the industry’s corporate venture Fund and investment tools in R & d topics for a larger range of projects, including working with small youth projects, and then additional opportunities will appear.»