Nikiforov told how to solve the problem of communication in the Arctic

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator in fotomancer of communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation Nikolay Nikiforov. Archival photoNikiforov told how to solve the problem of communication in the Arctic© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Traveloperator the image Bank

The Ministry of communications and mass communications offers to create a constellation of satellites in highly elliptical orbits for communications in the Arctic, said at a meeting of the State Commission on development of the Arctic, the head of the Ministry Nikolai Nikiforov.

«In order to solve the problem (need) the creation of a constellation of satellites operating in the so-called high-elliptical orbits. It’s not geostationary apparatuses, the individual grouping. The total volume of required investment is about 90 billion rubles,» — said the Minister.

According to him, the profitable part of the project in the range of 30-40 billion rubles, respectively, about 50-60 billion needed basic support, including from the Federal budget.

«We see a direct problem associated with data transmission. Very limited channel capacity. Russia has sufficient grouping of satellites on geostationary orbit, but it actually is over the equator and the North area is served by the rays of the satellites on a tangent, limit the latitude for the us is 76 degrees,» — said the Minister. Thus, for example, Sabetta are at the level of 71-72 degrees, so it’s almost the limit of technical capabilities cover satellite communications.

Nikiforov said that his Department understand that the possibility of a limited budget. «We kept in implementation, however all the preparatory work we are and will continue to consistently defend this position in the following budget planning cycles», — assured the Minister.