The Gonets System to Ensure Technological Sovereignty of Arctic Shipping


The Gonets 2.0 system will ensure the technological sovereignty of Russia’s shipping industry, including in the Arctic. The system will also provide communications services throughout the country, even in hard-to-reach places and the Arctic region

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The development of the Russian segment of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) will help ensure the technological independence of shipping in terms of tracking and safety of navigation, including in the Northern Sea Route (NSR) water area.

Also, the Gonets 2.0 system will provide satellite communication services [to mobile and stationary subscribers -ed] in Russia and its adjacent water areas, said General Director of the Gonets Satellite System JSC, which is part of Russia’s Federal Space Agency.

The creation of the Russian segment of satellite AIS will ensure full independence of our shipping from foreign satellite AIS operators. The Gonets system already provides global coverage, and Gonets 2.0 will additionally provide online satellite communication services in Russia and adjacent water areas, the General Director said.

The new-generation system will provide communications services throughout Russia, even in hard-to-reach places and the Arctic. Besides, it will monitor infrastructure, and facilities, primarily in areas not covered with ground-based communication networks (GSM, 3G, LTE).

It is expected that the constellation will include 28 Gonets-M1 satellites in low-Earth orbit with an altitude of 1,500 kilometres. The deployment of the constellation is planned to be completed in 2029.