Roscosmos, Gazprom Enhance Cooperation in Satellite Systems Creation and Usage

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Roscosmos First Deputy Director General Yuri Urlichich and PJSC Gazprom Chairman of the Board held a meeting to discuss the spacecraft assembly production construction process in Moscow region currently lead by Gazprom, as well as the issue of Roscosmos entering LLC Gazprom SPKA share capital (project operator company).

The plant will manufacture civil spacecraft for Gazprom and other customers. These include Yamal communication satellites and SMOTR system Earth remote sensing optical satellites. Moreover, the plant will be capable of assembly and testing mass-produced smaller satellites to be used for the perspective Sfera program implemented by Roscosmos.

During the event, JSC Gazprom Space Systems Director General Dmitry Sevastianov and Yuri Urlichich signed an agreement of cooperation.

The document indicates Roscosmos interest towards building spacecraft at the plant facilities. Roscosmos is also ready to use remote sensing data from SMOTR-V satellite, which is planned to launch in 2024 and among other instruments will carry the greenhouse gas discharge monitoring equipment. Gazprom Space Systems will offer Roscosmos up to 30% of the spacecraft performance.

The parties will also elaborate the possibility to use the network of Joint Remote Sensing Information System receiving stations (created by Roscosmos) to receive the data from Gazprom spacecraft.

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Yamal communication and broadcast satellite group provides highway satellite communication channels and broadband access to information resources. Currently the group consists of five communication spacecraft. Their capabilities are actively used by TV companies, communication providers and other organizations.

SMOTR remote sensing system is meant for monitoring Gazprom Group production objects. SMOTR system satellites will enhance the geotechnical monitoring capabilities and protective zones control to ensure high level of industrial and ecological safety of Gazprom objects.

In November 2019, Gazprom Space Systems and Roscosmos signed an agreement on basic principles of participation in satellite assembly production. The agreement indicates Roscosmos intention to enter LLC Gazprom SPKA share capital.