The Russian Space Systems (RKS) holding, which is part of the Roskosmos state corporation, plans to implement a project to create a global satellite communication system by 2025. “Project” Ether “- aerospace information and communication network. This is a project to create an orbital Internet. We are planning 288 spacecraft in orbit 870 km “, – said project manager Yuri Mishin.
According to Mishin, the system will work even if the ground infrastructure is cut off, TASS reported . “We plan to [cover] 10 thousand mobile transport facilities, 10 thousand points of collective access to the Internet, 10 million personal communication subscribers and providing about one billion transactions per day via secure channels,” thenews agency reports.
To implement the project, it is planned to send 300 billion rubles (about $ 4.89 billion).
Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Andrey Belousov believes that the RCC creates a new project on satellite access to the Internet too late and its market share will be scanty.
The Russian Space Systems Holding (RKS, part of the Roskosmos state corporation) is planning to implement a project to create a global satellite communications system. To this end, by 2025 in an orbit of 870 km should work 288 devices, said on Tuesday the representative of the RCC – Project Manager Yuri Mishin.
“The project” Aether “is an aerospace infocommunication network, it is an orbital Internet project, we plan 288 spacecraft in orbit 870 km, they form a system that should be earned in 2025,” Mishin said at the presentation “Space Services for the Digital Economy” in Moscow.
The organizers of the presentation are Roskosmos and Russian Space Systems (RKS). The event is supported by TASS.
According to Mishin, the system will work even if the ground infrastructure is disconnected. “The system will be universal enough, we plan to [cover] 10 thousand mobile transport facilities, 10 thousand points of collective access to the Internet, 10 million personal communication subscribers and providing about one billion transactions per day via secure channels,” the project manager said.
He noted that the delays in the system will be minimal – from 5 to 15 milliseconds.
“The state can develop a mobile personal departmental emergency connection throughout the territory of Russia with the development of this system.The business will be able to develop its management services for its offices and production facilities, robots and unmanned vehicles, and citizens can always be connected, including on the move,” he added that the RCC plans to create an open community of device and service developers and invites everyone interested in cooperation.
Competition with Elon Musk
Deputy director of the RKS for Strategic Development and Innovation, Yevgeny Nesterov noted that there are naturally competitors in this environment. “We are implementing the project taking into account the plans of Elon Musk, OneWeb’s plans, but our project is more like the SpaceX project, and OneWeb is more of a partner,” he said.
According to Nesterov, today there are plans for the work of a new satellite grouping together with Roskosmos.
He added that the RCC is counting on the participation of the Airbus concern in the new project.
After the speech at the presentation, the deputy director told journalists that the new project would cost 300 billion rubles. “In the program” Digital Economy “this project is present, its scale of financing, so far it is only possible to say, is 300 billion rubles.” This is the launch of almost three hundred small space vehicles, ground infrastructure, “Nesterov said.
The detailed estimate will be worked out in the next four months. “The project will be implemented in broad cooperation with attraction of extrabudgetary funds,” he added.
Opinion of the state
Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Andrey Belousov noted that the RKS creates a new project on satellite access to the Internet too late.
“Finally, we have someone engaged in” Ether. “The creation of a low-orbit grouping, a kind of analogue of what Musk is doing, I can only say that it’s too late, unfortunately,” he said.
According to the presidential aide, a new project by 2025 will be able to count on a “penny share in the market.”
“Those figures that you brought, they are impressive against the background of zero, but against the background of the market that will be by 2022-2025, this is very little,” Belousov said.
He noted that it is necessary to scale the project and have more ambitious plans for the number of satellites. In addition, he believes that the project should be “moved to the left”, that is, to implement it before 2025.