Private is coming to Russia: an analogue (SR NET) of Starlink should be launched on Soyuz in 2024

The Russian private company SR Space (formerly Success Rockets) plans to launch in 2024 an SR NET high-speed Internet access spacecraft on a Soyuz family launcher.

This was announced to TASS by the general director of the organization Oleg Mansurov.

SR NET will become the first private Russian analogue of Starlink.

We will not launch on our own launchers, it will be a launcher from the state company Roscosmos. Most likely, a Soyuz family rocket. The exact date will depend on the launch in which we can integrate as a load-passenger. Probably, the launch will be from the Vostochny cosmodrome“, said Mansurov.

On November 17, the model of the spacecraft was present at the exhibition Aeronet-2035 in Moscow. The device is scheduled to be launched into an orbit at an altitude of approximately 600 km. The mass of the satellite will be 460 kg, the speed of 40 Gbit/s.

SR Space has previously reported that in the future, a constellation of satellites could cover the whole world. Currently we are talking about 96 devices which will fly in eight different planes and provide constant Internet access throughout Russia.

Previously la Russian private company SR Space (formerly Success Rockets) therefore unveiled a model of a satellite for high-speed Internet access during the exhibition Aeronet 2035 in Moscow as part of its Starlink-type multi-satellite system project. This was reported by the correspondent on Thursday. CASS.

The exhibition takes place from November 17 to 27 in the VDNKh “Cosmos” pavilion.

There is now an objective need for broadcasting high-speed Internet by satellite. It is necessary for various fields of application: for people located in different hard-to-reach regions, unmanned aerial vehicles, their control and various other purposes. Now the task is to create such a grouping specifically for the purposes and goals in Russia“, said Oleg Mansurovfounder and CEO of SR Space, to TASS.

At present, the federal project “Sfera” is implemented in Russia, which involves the launch of communication satellites and remote sensing of the Earth. The program will include five constellations of satellites providing telecommunications services and another five for monitoring. In total, it is planned to create more than 600 satellites The first device under the Sphere project, Skif-D, was launched into orbit on October 22. According to Roscosmos, with the help of the new satellite, technologies for providing broadband Internet access services throughout Russia will be developed.

First private analogue

The SR Space press service reported that in the future, SR NET should become the first private Russian analogue of the American Starlink system (a satellite Internet constellation operated by SpaceX – editor’s note TASS). The first launch of the SR NET spacecraft is scheduled for 2024.

We understand that such a grouping should not be national, but should cover the whole world. Satellites fly all over the world. We have been developing the project for over a year. We are now talking about 96 vehicles that will fly in eight different planes, which will ensure constant Internet access throughout the Russian Federation.”Mansurov added.

The SR NET demonstrator will be flight tested in orbit for 3 to 6 months. Based on their results, a decision will be made on the configuration and technical characteristics of the orbital constellation.

6 antennas with a phased flat array and a parabolic transceiver antenna will be used as the payload on board the SR NET. Communication with the spacecraft in Russia will be carried out in the Ka and Ku radio frequency bands“, noted SR Space.

The device is scheduled to be launched into an orbit at an altitude of approximately 600 km. The mass of the satellite is 460 kg, the data rate is 40 Gbit/s.

internet of things

One of the key projects of SR Space is to provide global satellite broadband to provide the Internet of Things service (many physical objects connected to the Internet and exchanging data – TASS note) and Internet access for various categories of consumers. First of all, telecommunications operators and providers, as well as various organizations in the field of Internet of Things service provision, will be able to become users of the new high-speed broadband Internet access space system.

The SR NET service can be demanded in various sectors of the economy and can be used in organizations in the field of oil and gas production, geological exploration and smart agriculture, in the transport monitoring service“The company said. Services to provide global broadband communications via satellite are in demand in remote and hard-to-reach regions of Russia, including the Arctic zone.

The exhibition takes place from November 17 to 27 in the VDNKh “Cosmos” pavilion.

There is now an objective need for broadcasting high-speed Internet by satellite. It is necessary for various fields of application: for people located in different hard-to-reach regions, unmanned aerial vehicles, their control and various other purposes. Now the task is to create such a grouping specifically for the purposes and goals in Russia“, Oleg Mansourov, founder and CEO of SR Space, told TASS.

At the moment, the federal project “Sfera” is being implemented in Russia, which involves the launch of communication satellites and remote sensing of the Earth. The program will include five constellations of satellites providing telecommunications services and five others for surveillance. In total, it is planned to create more than 600 satellites. The first device under the Sphere project, Skif-D, was launched into orbit on October 22. According to Roscosmos, with the help of the new satellite, technologies for providing broadband Internet access services throughout Russia will be developed.

Source: CASS and CASS; Illustration credit: SR Space; Photo credit: © Yekaterina Adamova/TASS

Oleg Mansourov, next to the model of his SR NET demonstrator.

Oleg Mansourov, next to the model of his SR NET demonstrator.

Private is coming to Russia: an analogue (SR NET) of Starlink should be launched on Soyuz in 2024 – kosmosnews