The private Russian space company SR Space plans to launch its first spacecraft of the multi-satellite low-orbit broadband Internet access system SR NET in 2024.
“It is assumed that SR NET will become the Russian analogue of the Starlink satellite system in the future. The first launch of the SR NET spacecraft is planned in 2024,” the company’s press service said.
They noted that flight tests in orbit of the SR NET demonstrator will last for three to six months, after which a decision will be made on the configuration and technical characteristics of the orbital grouping.
On Thursday, SR Space presented a prototype of a promising satellite at the Aeronet-2035 exhibition, which takes place from November 17 to 27 in Moscow.
According to the company, the device is planned to be launched into an orbit with a height of about 600 km, six antennas with a flat phased array and a parabolic transceiver antenna will be used as a payload on board the SR NET. The mass of the satellite is 460 kg, the bandwidth is 40 Gbit/s.
As reminded, on December 7, 2021, Rostelecom and SR Space signed a cooperation agreement as part of a project to create a grouping of Internet satellites. As the SR press service informed, Rostelecom will become a user of the satellite network, but at the same time the network itself will be created on an initiative basis, regardless of the IT company.