In Russia, private satellites for monitoring shipping intend to launch at the end of 2021
The SPUTNIX company clarified that they are planning to create several CubeSat satellites that will be able to receive signals from ships with an automatic identification system.
Satellites of the private company SPUTNIX (a resident of the Skolkovo center) for monitoring shipping, including along the Northern Sea Route, will be launched into space at the end of 2021. This was reported to TASS in the press service of the company.
"The launch of the satellites is the end of 2021," the press service noted.
As the company specified, it is planned to create several CubeSat satellites (ultra-small devices) that will be able to receive signals from ships with an automatic identification system.
"The task is especially relevant for independent monitoring of the developing shipping along the Northern Sea Route," the company explained, adding that satellites will be able to receive signals from ships anywhere on Earth.
Another task that the spacecraft will perform is educational: it is planned to involve Russian students in space engineering activities.
The project received financial support from the Innovation Promotion Foundation in the "Development - NTI" competition. The grant amount was 20 million rubles.