Lomonosov University and the study of high atmosphere electrical events, satellite planned
A new university satellite is scheduled launch 2015. A web site for the project is available in English
Mikhail Lomonosov (1711 – 1765) helped establish what is now known as Moscow University, decree signed 1755, 250 years ago.
According to Lomonosov’s plan, there were originally three faculties. First all the students acquired a comprehensive knowledge in the field of science and humanities at the Faculty of Philosophy; then they could specialize and continue at the Faculty of Philosophy or join either the Law Faculty or The Faculty of Medicine. Lectures were delivered either in Latin, the language of educated people at the time, or in Russian. 
Illustrations from a book published 1753. Text, perhaps embellished a little as these things are, “Mikhail Lomonosov – the Pioneer of Russian Science” nevertheless looks a good fellow.
The satellite is named Lononosov.
“The project includes the following scientific equipment installation on-board the satellite intended for the following problems studies:
The studies of the cosmic rays of the extremely high energy (1019 -1020 eV) near the energetic spectrum cut-off, predicted by Greisen, Zatsepin and Kuzmin (GZK cut-off).
- The studies of the space gamma-bursts – the most energetic processes in the Universe within the optical and gaama ranges.
- The studies of the transient luminous phenomena in the upper atmosphere, started during the previous MSU space projects “Universitetsky – Tatiana” and “Universitetsky – Tatiana – 2?.
- The studies of the magnetospheric particles – the possible sources of the transient and quazi-stationary phenomena in the upper atmosphere within the X-ray and optical ranges.
Actual applied studies will be also carried on-board the satellite, including approval of the complex for the space automatic following of the small nebular bodies, asteroids and spacecrafts and the experiment on the optimization of the onboard navigation system.”
If you hit a page in Russian, the language switch is right sidepanel
1. Gunter’s page http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/mvl-300.htm
2. History of Moscow State University (in English)
Poster “Space Mission Lomonosov on Study Gamma-Ray
Bursts and UHECR” http://188.8.131.52/indico/materialDisplay.py%3FcontribId%3D339%26sessionId%3D4%26materialId%3Dposter%26confId%3D0
Detector of Extreme Energy Cosmic Rays on Board Lomonosov
M.I. Panasyuk, B.A. Khrenov, G.K. Garipov, N.N. Kalmykov, P.A. Klimov, V.S.
Morozenko, S.A. Sharakin, A.V. Shirokov and I.V. Yashin
D.V. Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University,
Leninskie Gory, Moscow,1, str. 2, 119991, Russia.