A next triplet of Gonets satellites
Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company has kicked off production of three Gonets-M satellites under a new contract.
Small personal communications satellites Gonets-M №№33, 34, 35 will be built for the ROSCOSMOS State Corporation. The new satellites are intended to augment the orbital constellation of the multifunctional personal satellite communications system Gonets-D1M.
Gonets-M satellites are launched in batches of three into the low Earth orbit some 1500 kilometers above the surface. The projected active lifespan of this type of satellites is 5 years. Gonets-M satellites collect messages, register them in the onboard memory, store and then forward to the addressee. Satellites are also capable of providing telephony and fax communications in case the sender and the addressee are both within the same satellite’s footprint.
The orbital constellation of the multifunctional personal satellite communications system Gonets-D1M embodies 12 Gonets-M satellites and it was fully completed in the beginning of 2015. With a view of prompt replenishment if needed, ISS-Reshetnev Company has already built three Gonets-M satellites which are now stored at the company’s facilities. Six more Gonets-M satellites are currently in production.