One of the main goals of the Skoltech Space Center is to provide cutting-edge hands-on education to its students through involving them in the design, implementation and testing of sensors and onboard components that will be integrated on the ISS and on Skoltech-developed nanosatellites and stratospheric platforms. This approach will ensure that there will be a high flight rate of student build components as well as will allow students to develop essential skills and hands-on experience in science, engineering, and management required to succeed in science and technology professions. Furthermore, the CREI supports innovation by actively involving companies in the definition of plans, the development of programs, and the transfer of knowledge and know how. The strategy is intended to be complementary to the existing industrial capabilities of Russia. The technical and educational approaches places emphasis on aspects of space flight that can be easily commercialized, including Earth-viewing sensors and spacecraft subsystems, as well as on the exploitation of space based data.
Space CREI was initiated in 2013