We tamed fire. We made water work for us. We cultivated the earth. We rose into the air. We braved outer space. Overcoming the four elements and conquering outer space goes to the core of humankind.
Our civilization was built by pioneers: those who invented the light bulb, a radio, television, satellite, passenger jets, the electronic microscope, helicopters, cellular telephone service, parachutes, the laser.
Today, this innovation relay is carried on by Rostec Corporation, which not only develops and enhances Russian technology, but also tackles epic tasks like harnessing unruly elements and subjecting them to human will.
When Rostec tames fire it is looking for energy and heat to create heavy-duty materials. Its technologies rely on many great discoveries made by Russian scientists. While many played with fire in fairly innocent ways — like the world’s first electric light bulb created by Pavel Yablochkov and Alexander Lodygin — many changed the way alloys and metals are forged, like the discovery of the electric arc effect by Vasiliy Petrov.
Petrov’s discovery of the electric arc effect in 1802 was an outstanding contribution by a Russian scientist to the development of metallurgy. When Petrov obtained the voltaic arc effect for the first time, he carefully examined its properties and found that it can be used at high temperatures for melting and welding of metals, as well as for recovering metals from their oxides. This unique technology is now widely used in the production of titanium.