The Russian EKIP/Tarielka.
The ECIP, or Tarielka
The ECIP, or Tarielka as it is affectionately known, is based of the aerodynamic hunch that a single flying wing is more efficient than today’s aircraft. Designer Lev Shukin and engineer Alexander Sobko have minimized all external structures leaving only stubby wings and fins for control. Even the engines have been moved inside the cabin to keep the craft as streamlined as possible. The shape of the fuselage provides 80% of the lift. Jet intakes suck air that is then blasted out the back to provide thrust or downward like a hovercraft to create a cushion of air which does away with the need for landing gear. Scale prototypes have flown some what erratically, but have performed well enough to prove for the refinement of the ECIP to continue.
Korolev established the first Cosmonaut Air Training Academy
Lev N. Schulkin came up with the UFO like stealth aircraft named EKIP or “Ecology and Progress”. Back In 1990-s at Saratovskiy Aviation Manufacturing Plant Soviet aviation envisioner and scientist Lev Shulkin created the first prototype of his breathtaking EKIP UFO. The Saratov Aviatzionnyi Zavod. plant is in Saratov, Russia, a city with over 1M people located 850 kilometers from the former USSR capital. That is where S.P. Korolev established the first Cosmonaut Air Training Academy which gave birth to the generation of Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts. Yuri Gagarin smile still shines around here. Gagarin space flight suit and training airplane are kept intact in the Saratov Space Exploration Museum.
Early history of humankind.
The unique fabric of the space suit SK-1 for Yuri Gagarin 1961 flight was designed by talented chemist Vitaliy Raevskiy who is an outstanding Soviet Era and later international scientist and author of the book “Ранняя история человечества” – Early history of humankind. The other key space engineering contractors associated with with EKIP super UFO were spread all over former USSR including the TsSKB Progress in Samara, the RSC Energia of S.P. Korolev in Moscow suburbs, Saint-Petersburg, Voronezh Radio-electronics, Saratov vortex oscillating propulsion systems research center and Perm’s “Mountain Dwarf” underground railroad mobile rocket launch system.
EKIP engines are capable of using hydrogen as fuel
Lev N. Schulkin’s Russian super-UFO EKIP engines are capable of using hydrogen as fuel, thus protects the ecosystem.Compared to the same caliber of traditional airliners it can travel twice as far. The propulsion drive of this super-UFO is capable of carrying up to 75 tons of cargo which is 7 times more powerful than the super-airliner A3 Airbus. The Russian super UFO has a air-pillow type launching system which uses water or any other plain surface. It only needs 500 meters of runway to allow the super UFO the ability to take off . It has a load capacity of 85 tons.
The EKIP is capable of water landings
This means that traditional airports would not be necessary for this UFO shaped aircraft. It’s been estimated that the cost of cargo and passenger transportation could be 50% less than using Boeing’s 747. It’s because of these factors and that there’s no cost of water landing makes it a natural launch platform for the EKIP “super-UFO”. Soviet leaders of the time gave green light and the super UFO design work continued at the testing base at Nizhegorodskiy Alekseeyev Central Construction Bureau “NTSKB”.
Schulkin’s innovative ideas made their way into Boeing’s 797
In 1999 EKIP was considered a top-priority project and was included as “Separate Line” in the Russian Global budget, but as reality goes the monies were never delivered to continue the EKIP project. The creator of the Russian super UFO, Lev Schulkin could not deal the death of his project, he being the creator, pouring his heart and soul into it couldn’t handle the stress. His innovative ideas were kept alive and found their way into the avionics design of Boeing’s 1000-passenger 797 super-jet.
EKIP project had been given a second chance
The Russian EKIP Saratov project was at a standpoint with the aviation leaders looking for help elsewhere and even sources abroad. The U.S. scientific research communities seeing the project tried to establish a bridge so join coöperation might be established. After visiting the Saratovskiy Aviation Facility a US delegation headed by, at the time, Dr. John W. Fischer, the Director of US NAVAIR Research and Engineering Sciences (Credit: K.B. Sherman). Under the supervision of the US Congressman Curt Weldon, the delegation reported on 16 September 2003 the successful completion of the first round of “Saratov talks” with Saratovskiy Aviation Zavod. This created the possibilities of further cooperation with Russians to continue the uplifted EKIP super-UFO project. The required injection of $40M would help to continue to support the project and take it to the next level. It seemed the almost dead EKIP project had been given a second chance. The Russian super-UFO with its 75 ton of cargo capacity and virtually unlimited cargo volume area could have become the perfect candidate for the US Navy research. It could also affect the next generation of unmanned surveillance Stealth Platforms.
Manufacturing would be done in Russia and the U.S.
In 2004 while visiting the United States, Alexander Ermishin, the General Director of Saratovskiy Aviation Zavod put into place a “Workers of the City of Saratov” clause – the clause stated that the new generation of EKIP must not be moved completely away from Russian territory, but should be manufactured simultaneously in Russia and in Nashville Tennessee. This requirement changed the effects of the previous talks with Germany and China. Alexander Ermishin’s firm position in this fundamental question put the continuation of talks to freeze. Saratovskiy Aviation Zavod went bankrupt.
Finding ways to inspire the newest propulsion systems
Lev N. Schulkin’s “Ecologically minded and innovative” super-UFO inspired the continuation of several aerospace research projects lead by the Naval Research laboratory, the Navy and Marine Corps, NASA, ESA, the Space Telescope Institute, the Kibō Laboratory and other scientific research organizations. The EKIP super-UFO achievements are finding innovative ways to inspire the newest generation of vortex oscillating propulsion systems and cargo platforms, such as NASA, Lockheed Martin, or Northrop Grummon’s “Spirit”, or newest Boeing’s 1000-passenger 797 super-jet aircraft.