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Space communications — to the regions: Alexey Volin reported on the work of the specialized ICC at the Roscosmos field event

The satellite industry is ready for total import substitution, said Alexey Volin, General Director of RSCC, Chairman of the specialized Industrial Competence Center (ICC), at the 8th meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on the Use of Space Activities. The event takes place in Kirov on June 27-28.

"Today, the first fully Russian geostationary communications and broadcasting satellite, Express-AMU4, is in production. About 1100 devices and components for it are produced in cooperation with 30 Russian enterprises," said General Director of RSCC.

One of the projects, which Alexey Volin also focused on, concerns precise point positioning and the creation of receiving equipment for this task. "First of all, we have tested the technology for the needs of agriculture. According to our order and with our financing, receiving equipment was manufactured in Voronezh, which can be installed on agricultural machinery. High precision corrections make it possible to determine on the ground with an accuracy of up to 8 cm in motion and up to 4 cm in static. Also, the use of this method reduces the fuel consumption of combines by about 10-12% and increases the efficiency of harvesting by 8-10%," said General Director of RSCC. To date, the amendments are transmitted through the company's Express AT1 satellite, covering Siberia and the European part of the country, but if necessary, the service can also be provided to customers in the Far East through Express AT2.

Another area being developed within the framework of the Industrial Competence Center is satellite 5G. "At the first stage, we are talking about the creation of experimental 5G zones, which are planned to be combined into a closed corporate network in the future," Alexey Volin said.

Work is also underway on import substitution in the field of small satellite terminals. "We and our colleagues from "RTComm.Ru" are currently financing the manufacture of Russian VSAT terminals. Experiments have already been conducted in the "point-to-point" format. The task of the next year is to create a hub that can be used by us as operators," concluded Alexey Volin.

An equally important project for RSCC is a program to eliminate digital inequality in the regions of Russia. For example, there are at least 27,320 settlements with a population of 26 to 100 people. In total, 1.5 million residents live in these territories, the vast majority of whom can access the Internet only by satellite, because it is very expensive to carry fiber there. "For example, on average, connecting one household via fiber will cost 600 thousand rubles, and the price of connecting via satellite will be only 20 thousand rubles. Thus, the elimination of digital devide with the help of space communications will lead to savings of about 300 billion rubles," General Director of RSCC is confident.

The meeting was also attended by Mikhail Khaylov, Chairman of the Interdepartmental Commission on the Use of Space Activities, Deputy General Director for Space Complexes and Systems of "Roscosmos", Alexander Sokolov, Governor of the Kirov Region, Anatoly Perminov, Deputy Director General for Predictive Aerospace Monitoring of JSC "Russian Space Systems", Sergey Masalov, First Deputy General Director of Gazprom SPKA LLC, Nikolay Sevastyanov, CEO of SITRONICS SPACE LLC, Mikhail Korablev, Chief Designer of GLONASS JSC, and other representatives of the authorities and the space industry.