NPO Molniya (lightning) (Russian: Научно-производственное объединение «Молния») is a Russian scientific and production enterprise, founded on February 26, 1976.. At present, NPO Molniya is working on reusable launch systems for space applications.
At present, NPO Molniya is working on reusable launch systems for space applications.
The Molniya-1 six-seat aircraft is a thee surface design with single pusher propeller and twin tail booms. It is primarily "intended for individual use, tourism, cargo and mail carrying, business flights and aerial photography and can be used in patrol and ambulance services." The type has been in low-volume production. In 1993 it received a Gold medal at the Eureka-93 World Inventors, Scientific Research and Know-How Salon in Brussels, and in 1995 it was demonstrated at the Le Bourget aero show.
The three-surface configuration is intended to show improved safety and fuel efficiency over conventional types, while the rear-mounted pusher arrangement allows low levels of cabin noise and vibration.
The company are also proposing a number of larger types based on the three surface configuration.
- Gleb Lozino-Lozinskiy, lead developer of Buran, General Director of NPO Molniya
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