Russia can get the Internet from space in 2024 thanks to the Sphere program, said Dmitry Rogozin, CEO of the state corporation Roscosmos.
“If everything goes as we plan, then in 2024 the country will receive the Internet from space,” he told the TASS news agency.
Next year, 7 billion rubles will be allocated for the implementation of the Sphere program, part of this amount will be used to create the Skif medium-orbit broadband access system and the Marathon IoT / M2M global data transmission system. One of them will be launched next year, and the other in 2023, Rogozin said.
The other part of the funds should be used to buy launch vehicles in order to withdraw the Express-RV satellite communications constellation in 2024. The launch vehicle should be created by Roskosmos, and the vehicles should be financed by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media.
The Sphere program grew out of the project of the Ether communication system of Roscosmos and RSC Energia, said Anton Zhiganov, executive director of Roscosmos for business development. The total cost of the Ether system of 300 satellites (including investments) with a capacity of 10 million subscribers was estimated at 300 billion rubles. – it was designed to compete with the global communications systems OneWeb and Starlink. For the “Sphere” satellites will be significantly complicated.
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the Sphere project during a direct line in 2018, calling it a breakthrough program in space exploration.