Russia begins building strategic ties in the Arctic

Last week, two of the newest Russian satellites "Express" were launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome and launched into the calculated orbit. Within two months, the vehicles must enter the target orbit and begin to perform their functions.

It should be noted that the above event is extremely important for our country in terms of the effective development of the Russian Arctic. After all, the active development of the Northern Sea Route and the course towards the introduction of unmanned transport requires its own stable and independent communication.

At the moment, in the northern latitudes, only one system is functioning - the American Iridium, which, of course, does not suit us. The Russian constellation of satellites essentially "hangs" over the Equator, and the northern zone is covered only tangentially. At the same time, a significant part of the Northern Sea Route is completely outside the coverage.

To solve the above problem, Russia needs satellites operating in highly elliptical orbits, and there should be enough such vehicles to replace each other over the same territory.

The Express satellites launched last week are part of a strategic program to provide communications in northern latitudes until 2024. Thus, all the fun in the Russian Arctic is just beginning.

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  1. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 25 December 2021 20: 04
    It's good to show cartoons !!!!!!

    About carrier rockets. This, of course, sounds loud, because we have essentially one launch vehicle left - Soyuz. Now think about it: "Soyuz", perhaps, will have nothing to fuel without supplies from Germany.

    The only supplier of hydrogen peroxide (PV-85 and PV-98), used in the steering engines of the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle, as well as in the engines of the launch system of manned spacecraft Soyuz MS (it is also supposed to be used in the Eagle landing system) , declared bankrupt.

    Already now, in order to ensure launches of the Soyuz LV, Roskosmos is forced to purchase VPV-825 hydrogen peroxide from the German company Evonik Resourse Efficiency GmbH.
    why out of twenty-three operating devices of the GLONASS system, eighteen (!!!) are used beyond the warranty period?

    The problem with microelectronics is already known. But what about stopping the production of steel tape for the production of fuel storage and supply tanks for the correction system? So much for technological breakthroughs. As a result, the period for retrofitting and updating the group was postponed to 2026. This is despite the fact that some of the equipment has already been manufactured and will simply lie for these five years.