Russian Government Funds Marathon IoT and Skif Satellite Projects

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Projects for the creation of multi-satellite systems named Marathon IoT and Skif, implemented by the company Information Satellite Systems named after academician M.F. Reshetnev (ISS, part of the State Corporation Roscosmos), received government funding.

For the implementation of two large-scale space projects, the ISS company was provided with subsidies from the federal budget, allocated in the direction of “Development of promising multi-satellite systems” of the state program “Space activities of Russia”.

The project of the low-orbit system Marathon IoT, designed to provide IoT services, provides for the launch of 264 microsatellites into an orbit with an altitude of 750 km. The workplaces for their assembly and testing are supposed to be located at the existing production facilities of the enterprise. The launch of the first prototype spacecraft is scheduled for 2024.

The multi-satellite system Skif to provide broadband Internet access is planned to be created on the basis of 12 small satellites, which will operate in an orbit with an altitude of 8,070 km. To date, within the framework of this project, the ISS company has already launched work on the creation of the Skif-D experimental spacecraft for testing the main technical solutions and protecting the orbital-frequency resource. Its launch is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022.