Russia begins building an analogue of the American satellite Internet Starlink

The project of the Russian global multifunctional infocommunication satellite system "Sphere" originally provided for the appearance of 638 spacecraft for various purposes in near-Earth orbit by 2030. Assembly and testing of the first spacecraft "Skif-D" for the implementation of the project began in August 2022.

On October 19, the state corporation Roscosmos informed the public that the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with three Gonets-M satellites and the first spacecraft of the Sfera federal project, Skif-D, was delivered to the launch complex of site 1C of the cosmodrome Oriental.

After installing the launch vehicle in a vertical position, the specialists began preparing it for launch, which should be carried out on October 22, weather permitting, at 22:57 Moscow time by the Fregat upper stage. Thus, Russia is starting to build analogues of the American and British satellite Internet Starlink and OneWeb, respectively.

It is noted that this will also be the first launch of all stages of the launch vehicle on a new fuel - naphthyl. This fuel has less harmful emissions and allows you to output a large load.

One of the main reasons for switching from kerosene to naphthyl was the depletion of the Anastasievsko-Troitskoye field in the Krasnodar Territory

- specified in the communiqué of Roskosmos.

In turn, the Skif-D demonstration satellite is needed to test new technical solutions for high-speed (broadband) Internet access and protect the orbital-frequency resource. The Sphere project will include 5 satellite constellations of communications (“Yamal”, “Express-RV”, “Express”, “Skif” and “Marathon”) and 5 satellite constellations of remote sensing of the Earth (“Berkut-X”, “Berkut- O”, “Berkut-VD”, “Berkut-S” and “Smotr”).

The implementation of the Sphere project will also make it possible to organize a mass movement of drones in Russia both in the airspace and on the ground, and possibly also on water (seas, rivers and lakes). The schedule for the next satellite launches for the Sphere project is approximately as follows: 2023 - Marathon spacecraft; 2024 - 2 spacecraft "Skif"; 2025 - an unknown number of Berkut and 4 Express-RV satellites (the operator of communications and broadcasting satellites will be determined at the same time); 2027 - 6 spacecraft "Skif"; 2028 - 4 spacecraft "Skif". For the period from 2022 to 2024, 7 billion rubles are provided for these purposes annually, and from 2025, 10 billion rubles each.
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  1. Nikolaevich I Offline Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I (Vladimir) 19 October 2022 15: 18
    Thunder struck ... "man" decided to "cross himself"! yes
  2. Sidor Bodrov Offline Sidor Bodrov
    Sidor Bodrov 19 October 2022 15: 30
    Yoprst, woke up. Where is Glonas? Deputies should be sent to their relatives in their native land, such as London, Florida - closer to what they have acquired through overwork.
    1. Alexey Lan Offline Alexey Lan
      Alexey Lan (Alexey Lantukh) 19 October 2022 16: 52
      In general, Glonass works quite successfully, but its accuracy is several times worse than GPS
    2. Russian Interceptor (Interceptor) 19 October 2022 20: 20
      Glonass - Russian satellite navigation system.
      And here the main thing is high-speed (broadband) Internet access and protection of the orbital-frequency resource.
      So they are completely different things.
      1. Sidor Bodrov Offline Sidor Bodrov
        Sidor Bodrov 20 October 2022 10: 04
        I understand that they are different things, but even current-current GLONASS modules have begun to be installed on drones. Once again I start a song about personal income tax from excess income in the West: USA - 35%, Europe - from 40 to 75%, China:
        Up to 1500 yuan (15 thousand rubles) per month - 3%
        From 1500 to 4500 (up to 45 thousand rubles) per month - 10%
        From 4500 to 9000 (up to 90 thousand rubles) per month - 20%
        From 9000 to 35000 (up to 350 thousand) per month - 25%
        From 35000 to 55000 (up to 550 thousand) - 30%
        From 55000 to 80000 (up to 800 thousand) - 35%
        More than 80000 (more than 800 thousand rubles per month) - 45%.
        And Siluanov is still bleating - "it is not advisable." It is only expedient for fat cats to rake super profits, and to invest pennies in the real economy and defense.
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  4. DO Offline DO
    DO (Dmitriy) 19 October 2022 15: 46
    However, today this issue is already overripe, it is too late to drink Borjomi. The military aspect of satellite constellations comes to the fore.
    And this, as you might guess:
    - tools for jamming or otherwise disrupting the functioning of enemy satellites;
    - emphasis on the manufacture of small-sized cheap satellites in large quantities;
    - the use of cheap methods for the mass launch of satellites into orbit;
    - the use of covert methods for launching small satellites into orbit (for example, launching a launch vehicle from a supersonic aircraft).
  5. Peace Peace. Offline Peace Peace.
    Peace Peace. (Tumar Tumar) 20 October 2022 09: 28
    Last year, Konanikhin (a YouTube blogger with a space theme, Ph. And we need to postpone everything as soon as possible to launch similar products, the campaign has reached the current.
  6. Oleg Timofeev_2 Offline Oleg Timofeev_2
    Oleg Timofeev_2 (Oleg Timofeev) 20 October 2022 11: 37
    Silly. The thing is expensive but disposable.
  7. Antor Offline Antor
    Antor 20 October 2022 12: 07
    Until the age of 30, speaking according to Nasredinn .... either the emir dies, or the donkey dies. !!! How much time has passed, they woke up ... now they are going to abolish RosNANO ... so after all, how many years has it been neither nano nor nuno ... and where is this one of the creators of the collapse of the USSR Chubais !!??? To launch it into orbit, it would provide everything for us, and they calmly let it go to the abroad acquired by overwork .... and they didn’t even ask what you were doing all these years !!!??? There is no one to ask, from here they have a Mask, and we have shish with butter instead of a worldwide connection that would save thousands of lives of our soldiers in Ukraine ... !!! Oh, I just want to say - we don’t have Stalin, he would quickly put things in order, but we play humanism like that, we all want to be white and fluffy, and we are threshed through Starlink, which we ourselves put into orbit for some time .. ..!!!
  8. Foe Pshekov Offline Foe Pshekov
    Foe Pshekov (Arkady) 21 October 2022 17: 41
    Too late to drink Borjomi. Now is the time to recognize, through the UN or other international organizations, the exploitation of outer space by private individuals as illegal, and start destroying enemy satellites by any means. I don’t understand how they even allowed permission to launch so many translator-photographers into orbits. Do people have a head? This is espionage and subversion against any opponent on earth.
  9. Michael 68 Offline Michael 68
    Michael 68 24 November 2022 16: 38
    As always, they will cut the money and do nothing. As it is not said about having no analogues.