Russia will have over 110 satellites serving national needs by 2020 - government program

The Russian state program of space operations for 2013-2020 implies a significant buildup of the Russian orbital fleet and the doubling of production in the rocket and space industry.

The implementation of the program should result in "the deployment of an orbital fleet in the interests of meeting state needs in the following amount: 95 space vehicles in 2015 and 113 in 2020, including the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) comprising six modules in 2015 and seven modules in 2018," a document posted on the website of the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) says.

Pursuant to the document by 2020 "the rocket and space industry should be modernized and reequipped which will guarantee more than doubling of the volume of production compared to 2011."

In addition, "the necessary size of the orbital fleet of the GLONASS system should be guaranteed with upgraded Glonass-K satellites with expanded functional capabilities."

"By 2015 the system will guarantee the accuracy of positioning of about 1.4 m and by 2020 about 0.6 m," the document says.

"R&D headway should be made on promising models of rocket and space equipment, namely by 2018 a transport and energy module with an advanced propulsion installation should be prepared for flight tests," it says.

Also by 2020 new competitive production technologies should be developed as well as technologies of satellite communications, land remote sensing, navigation, search and rescue operations, disaster monitoring, monitoring of moving objects employing space automated identification system and personal radio beacons, international commitments regarding manned flights and maintenance of segments of COSPAS-SARSAT system.

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