ISS-Reshetnev wins contract to build new Loutch satellite
ISS-Reshetnev Company has been selected for a contract by the ROSCOSMOS State Corporation to design and build a new satellite to augment and replenish the orbital constellation of the Russian data-relay system Loutch.
The Loutch-5VM satellite will be the first of the new series of modernized data-relay satellites with some additional features improving their functionality. They will replace the satellites currently operating as part of the multifunctional space-based data-relay system Loutch.
All work to design and build a new satellite and to modernize the system’s ground infrastructure will be done by ISS-Reshetnev Company in accordance with the Federal Space Program of Russia for the 2016-2025 period, and the new state contract signed by ISS-Reshetnev and ROSCOSMOS. The Loutch-5VM satellite is due to launch not later than 2024.
Satellites that today form the constellation of the Loutch system were also designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company. Data-relay satellites of the Loutch series enable data retransmission from the Russian segment of the International Space Station, manned and unmanned low-orbiting satellites to the ground control centers and ground receiving stations. Apart from that, these satellites also enable data exchange between ground infrastructure units and users. Additionally, data-relay satellites of the Loutch series retransmit hydrometeorological data from the Russian Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Agency, signals of the International Satellite-Aided Search and Rescue System COSPAS-SARSAT as well as those of the Differential Correction and Monitoring System for GLONASS users.