Russia is on a plan to enter the satellite race. The country has long since had the project scheduled but did not manage to start. This result is more so caused by the coronavirus pandemic that immobilized social systems and potential plans at the start of 2020. However, the country is getting back on its feet, including the prospects on satellite systems previously in line for launch.
However, certain parties in the country bring up the possibility of several challenges that face the project. One such individual is the deputy minister in charge of Digital Development, Communication and Mass Media, Oleg Ivanov. According to Ivanov, adopting an orbital satellite communication base is essential. However, he emphasizes the need to prepare for eventualities in pushing this project. He further raises concerns over establishing a well-laid network to allow citizens in rural areas to access information readily. He also expressed his views concerning courses in data rates and wireless communications latency over long distances.
Ivanov’s point of concern is the cost of establishing such a satellite network in orbit. He further explains that the satellites’ need for operators causes a significant problem. The governing body will be required to decide whether the satellites will be private or government-operated. Likewise, he also but another concern on methods of solving future challenges that might arise. As the head of the communication department, he also addressed the issue, stating that satellite network bands are different from the ready functional systems.
If Russia wants to implement a satellite constellation system in Low Earth orbit, there is a significant need for changes that will affect the country’s whole communication system. There is a possibility that this change will cause the rise and fall of certain brands in the market. Ivanov further affirms that business entities that will not be able to shift their operations to adopt this new system will be greatly affected.
Other connected parties voiced their opinion on the satellite initiative stating that the cost of manufacturing satellites in Russia is a major hindrance in development. According to Yuri Vilkov, the deputy general designer in charge of satellites’ development and innovation, the country urgently needs to find ways of reducing the costs of manufacturing satellites. Such results could be through extensive incentives in the sector. He further requested the need to have more research done into the specification of satellites that could cater to the country’s needs