Konstantin Shadrin: Russia Has Provided Its Cosmonauts On The ISS With Internet Access Independent Of The US
Independent of the American systems of the International space station (ISS), the Internet and broadband communication channel appeared in its Russian segment, according to the Director of the Department of digital development of Roscosmos Konstantin Shadrin.
"Now we are not dependent on our colleagues and their American segment," Shadrin said in a video posted on Thursday on the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation's YouTube channel.
Currently, for one revolution of the station around the Earth, the duration of which is 92 minutes, communication with the planet via Russian relay satellites "Luch" is twice 30 minutes. "We are already working with two relay satellites. Soon, we expect to connect the third one," said Igor Brodsky, head of the RSC Energia Airborne radio systems center.
The video also notes that in the future, RSC Energia specialists will be able to provide " almost round-the-clock delivery of information for the crew and receive information back from the ISS to Earth."
Earlier, the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, reported that the Russian segment of the ISS would receive independent broadband Internet by the end of this year at the expense of Luch satellites. At the end of June, cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, who is now on board the ISS, voted online from the station for the first time in history. The American Internet was used for this purpose.
Earlier, cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov said that he tested a Russian broadband communication system on the ISS. According to him, the Russian segment of the station will be able to transmit large packets of telemetric information independently of its American counterparts. Currently, the American TDRS system is used for communication with the ISS.data is transmitted using satellites of the same name located in geostationary orbit.