The end of the NASA space shuttle program poses an opportunity for the Russian space program, specifically for Business Initiative Directions (B.I.D.) winner, the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center

One of Russia’s Top Space Program Institutions Awarded by B.I.D.: Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center

NASA will pay Russia a hefty $50 million USD per seat to ferry American astronauts, Khrunichev currently holds 30% of the global space launch market.

Anatoly Kiselev, General Director of Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, which works for the Russian Space Agency
The United States retired its NASA space shuttle program as of July 2011 after the completion of the $100 billion USD International Space Station, ending a 50 year reign of dominance in the realm of manned space exploration. The final 12 day voyage of the space shuttle Atlantis was not particularly exciting compared to the previous 134 missions, an American crew of four astronauts, downsized from the normal crew size of six or seven, was responsible for delivering supplies and transporting old equipment and trash back to earth. On board included more than five tons of food, clothing, computers, spare parts and science equipment, to sustain the station for another six months until the next delivery. The Station will largely depend on the space programs of Russia Europe, and Japan to ferry supplies. NASA will pay Russia a hefty $50 million USD per seat to ferry American astronauts.

This presents a great opportunity for B.I.D. winner, the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre, one of the cornerstones of the Russian space industry. It has emerged as one of the world’s largest space production centers, serving the international satellite telecommunication industry as well as Russian Federal and international space programs, working with 45 different companies in 22 countries across the globe, including fellow B.I.D. Quality Award Winner Aircompany Polet. The Moscow-based company produces a diverse line of products including launch vehicles, communication and earth observation satellites, rocket engines, and space station modules, representing over 30% of the global space launch market with sales volume that has grown almost fivefold in the last six years, totalling $1.48 billion USD in 2011, an increase of 20% from the year prior.

In a joint effort between Khrunichev, Lockheed Martin, the American global aerospace company, and fellow Russian company Energia, the International Launch Services (ILS) was formed. ILS has exclusive rights to the worldwide sale of commercial Proton rocket launch services. The Proton is one of the premier launch vehicles in the world, the largest of its kind from Russia in operation. It has been used in more than 360 both geostationary and interplanetary missions with an outstanding reliability record of over 95% and is the principal launcher for the Russian space program. As of 2008, Khrunichev became the majority shareholder of ILS.

As a result of its outstanding achievements in the space industry and its relentless commitment to innovation and quality, B.I.D. recognized the excellence of Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Centre by presenting it with the International Arch of Europe in Paris.

B.I.D. was founded in 1986 by Jose E. Prieto, the creator of the QC100 TQM (Total Quality Management). The QC100 TQM model is the result of many years of dedication of professionals including engineers, physicists, mathematicians, economists, sociologists and journalists, and specialists in business management, who have worked toward defining the philosophy and the modern concept of quality. The proposed award candidates are assessed on the seven criteria that contribute to quality marketing success: Excellence, Innovation, Customer Satisfaction, Technology, Leadership, Strategic Planning, and Business Results. The B.I.D. Award and QC100 TQM enable business people to consolidate and strengthen their position as a global company.