7 Jun 2019 18:07

Rogozin announces creation of new satellite system to monitor state of ground infrastructure facilities

ST. PETERSBURG. June 7 (Interfax) - A new satellite system, Gonets-2, will be created in Russia to monitor the state of ground infrastructure facilities, Roscosmos head Dmitry Rogozin said.

"We are deploying the new group Gonets-2," Rogozin told reporters on Friday after an agreement was signed between Roscosmos and the Tver region.

"Satellites of the Gonets system used to work as paging in areas without normal communication, and now we're making new technology, new Gonets satellites. It's going to be the Internet of things. This system will be capable of transmitting information coming from ground sensors," he said.

The project envisages the installation of sensors on ground infrastructure facilities, including critical one such as dams, bridges, and nuclear power plants. They will transmit signals to satellites in the event of deviations from the norm.

"That is, it's a human-free system that is independent of people and the ground infrastructure, including optic fiber networks, which senses any change in the normal status of objects," Rogozin said.

The Gosudarevo Oko system will be activated after signals are received from sensors, he said. "It starts filming facilities from various angles, then extra resources are involved to transmit signals via the Internet. In other words, we are focusing all capabilities of Roscosmos in the event of deviations from the norm," Rogozin said.

The Roscosmos head said in mid-January that the state corporation proposed implementing a project called Gosudarevo Oko. Monitoring using the earth-distance probing system could interest both state and private structures, he said.