NSR to be fully data-enabled by Russian satellites in two years
Aleksey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, has identified operational access to domestic satellite data as one of the main challenges that need to be addressed in the near future.6 June 2023
Navigation along the North Sea Route (NSR) will be fully provided with operational and high-quality ice information from the Russian satellite constellation over the next two years, as these satellites are launched. This was announced during a working visit to the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg by Aleksey Chekunkov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, writes NIA-RF.
'In previous periods, there had been some slippage in terms of timing, now we have entered this rhythm, just the other day we launched the Kondor-FKA, <...> but this is just the beginning of a lot of work to deploy a full group,' Chekunkov said.
The Kondor-FKA high-resolution radar satellite was launched on 27 May from the Vostochny launch site (Amur Region). Kondor is a series of small remote sensing satellites developed by NPO Mashinostroyenia for various customers, with tasks including Earth surface mapping, environmental monitoring and natural resource exploration. According to NPO Mashinostroyenia, the next vehicle is scheduled to be launched in June 2024.