The human race is facing global challenges related to the environment, demography, energy, food provision, and asteroid risks. None of these issues can be solved without space research conducted through cooperative efforts of nations, which spend billions of dollars on cosmic exploration annually. However, by investing large amounts of resources can we expect the results of the research to be applied effectively in industry? In addition, the main method to increase the effectiveness is to create a consistent scaled education in space research (starting from elementary school, by implementing Astronomy as a core subject to the university level, where students can obtain competencies in space research and later apply these results for the benefit of the national economy).
Study of space technologies as the technologies of future stimulates economy growth in developed countries. At the same time here in Russia, we lack object-oriented research and education centers focusing on advanced education in space research and application of research findings. This problem becomes a limiting factor for the extensive implementation of products and services based on the results of space activities.
By creating and developing Astrochallenge Strategic Academic Unit, Kazan Federal University bolsters the establishment of advanced education system using latest research results in astronomy, astrophysics, radiophysics, geodesy, ecology, and urban planning.
The main goal of this SAU is to develop a unique research-education and science-technology center in the field of near and outer space studies.