Roscosmos to launch satellites for IoT

10 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Roscosmos, Russia’s state-owned space corporation, has announced plans to launch a new grouping of Gonets-2 satellites for the internet of things (IoT).

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, confirmed the news this month saying, "We are deploying a new Gonets-2 grouping… This will be the Internet of things. This system is capable of promptly transmitting information from ground sensors."

“Sensors will be installed on the ground, in particular, on dams, bridges and railways,” continued Rogozin. “If their condition deviates from the norm, the sensors will transmit a signal to Earth’s remote sensing satellites within the Gosudarevo Oko (Sovereign’s Eye) system, which will start monitoring a particular facility and involve additional resources for re-transmitting the signal."

Prior to this, Rogozin spoke about a proposal to create a system of remote sensing satellites to monitor natural resources and man-made processes. This task has been set to develop Russian regions and the national economy, he explained.

In addition, Roscosmos spokesperson Vladimir Ustimenko said that the Sovereign’s Eye space monitoring system project was now at the approval stage with various ministries and agencies. The project is also undergoing its feasibility study.

In related news, Russia’s Bars-M new military surveillance and mapping satellite is due for manufacturing in December 2019, according to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

"The supreme commander-in-chief has set the task of completing the creation of this satellite by December 1 this year," said Shoigu.

The Bars-M military satellite is being developed by the Progress Space Rocket Center in the Volga region of Samara, Russia.