Russian Satellite Communications Company Joins the Unmanned Navigation Project

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Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) has joined the pilot project of Maritime Unmanned Navigation (MUNIN). In this project, the company intends to provide communication services on mobile platforms using the maritime VSAT technology.

The MUNIN pilot project provides the development and testing of technologies for automated navigation and remote control of vessels. The project is implemented with the assistance of the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade as part of the National Technological Initiative to support high technologies in the most promising areas of the maritime industry. In autumn 2018, MARINET Industry Association announced the launch of an unmanned navigation project to be implemented by leading Russian shipping companies and developers of marine navigation solutions and control systems.

“We appreciate the invitation to take part in the Unmanned Navigation Project and believe that our company’s competencies and experience in the provision of innovative communication services at sea will be in great demand.

Thanks to RSCC’s marine VSAT network coverage, we are ready to test the Marine Unmanned Vehicle technologies in the waters of all the seas around our country taking into account the requirements of reliability and cyber-security information exchange between offshore facilities”, said RSCC General Director Yuri Prokhorov.

Currently, the global industry is embracing all new areas of development: territories with severe geographical and climatic conditions (arctic and desert regions) and the entire World Ocean. According to experts, the most promising area for development is the maritime industry, where revolutionary changes are expected in the next 10–20 years. In particular, it includes exponential growth in mining and food production output (fisheries and aquaculture production) as well as digitalization of shipping with an increase in the number of vessels of the maritime commercial fleet from the current 50 thousand vessels to 70-80 thousand vessels by 2035.

VSAT satellite communication technology with GEO satellites and special motorized stabilized satellite dishes on vessels is used to transmit larger volumes of information between offshore facilities and the shore.

An innovative solution using modern Russian satellites of the Express-AM series based on maritime VSAT technology allows RSCC to provide a wide range of digital communication and broadcasting services on vessels of various classes and purposes. RSCC’s VSAT network covers the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, the Mediterranean, Baltic, Northern, Black, Caspian seas, the seas of Japan and Okhotsk as well as all northern seas washing Russia (including almost the entire length of the Northeast Passage). At present, more than 260 marine vessels operate in RSCC’s VSAT network.