Fishermen in the Arctic Will Use Space Technology


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Fishermen in the Arctic will now catch fish using satellites thanks to Roscosmos technology.

Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Federal Agency for Fishery (Rosrybolovstvo) have signed an agreement on cooperation in the use of space technologies for high-precision navigation in the Arctic, the Telegram Channel “sevmorput” reports.

In 2024, it is planned to solve the issues of communication and weather forecasting, and in 2025-2026, monitoring of bioresources in the northern seas will be carried out based on Roscosmos data. This will expand the areas of fish catching and improve its control.

In addition, Roscosmos is to ensure stable communication in hard-to-reach areas of the polar region, in particular along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This will facilitate the development of robotics and unmanned aircraft.

Until recently, there were no drones suitable for operating in the harsh Arctic conditions in Russia. However, on February 1, Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom announced that it had successfully tested an ice reconnaissance complex based on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Among the tasks assigned to drones in the Arctic are mapping, monitoring of ice conditions, participation in rescue operations, and delivery of cargo to Arctic research stations and weather stations.

To ensure navigation along the Northern Sea Route, nine satellites are expected to be launched into orbit, including Arktika-M, Kondor-FKA, and Obzor-R. Besides, in 2025, Meteor-M low-orbital satellites are to be launched in the Arctic to monitor ice movement.

After 2025, the Arktika-M satellites are planned to be replaced by the upgraded Arktika-MP satellite. The satellite was promised to be equipped with expanded spectral channels and increased resolution of its imaging instruments. Moreover, by 2026, four Express-RV satellites will be launched to provide broadband internet access in Russia’s Arctic regions.

In this way, an extensive satellite network will be created, which will contribute to improving navigation in the Arctic, monitoring its ecosystem, and developing the fishing industry in the region.

Source: The Taimyr Telegraph