Space workers - the Soyuz spacecraft have worked faithfully for almost half a century within the framework of the Soviet and later Russian space programs. They are being replaced by a new generation of manned vehicles developed by Energia Corporation. The first launch will be carried out in unmanned mode, and after about three years they should begin their scheduled operation.
The unique impact-resistant nano-coating for portholes is one of many engineering developments embodied in the new spacecraft. It was created as part of a joint project by scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University and the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science.
The nano-coating will reliably protect against collisions with micrometeorites, space debris, and also block the path of solar radiation. In the course of rigorous testing, scientists were convinced of its strength and have already received an order for the manufacture of three windows by the end of next year.
The unique nanocoating will find its application in terrestrial conditions, in particular, in the manufacture of solar cells.