Rogozin speaks on creating Sfera satellite clusters concept

16 / 12 / 2019

Roscosmos is hoping to start preparing the concept of the Sfera (Sphere) satellite cluster in 2020, Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin told the press.

Roscosmos First Deputy General Director Yury Urlichich said earlier that the project had to be coordinated with the federal executive authorities anew after the decision to include the Sfera system in the state space program had been made. “We fulfilled a systemic project of transition to the new orbital group, Sfera, in 2019. We plan to begin the initial works, which will create the concept of the global orbital cluster, in 2020,” Rogozin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Project Sfera last year. The system will comprise 600 satellites to be deployed between 2023 and 2028.

Sfera will be based on the Glonass global navigation network, Earth remote sensing systems, Express-RV and Gonets communication systems, the Luch retransmission system, the Marafon global system of the Internet of Things, and the Skif system of broadband Internet access.

A plant was opened in the Moscow region a short time ago to assemble satellites for the Gazprom Space Systems’ orbital constellation Yamal communication satellites, SMOTR remote sensing satellites, and Marafon micro-satellites.

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