The meeting was chaired by Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of the Gazprom Management Committee, and Yuri Urlichich, First Deputy General Director of Roscosmos State Corporation.
The parties discussed the progress of work on the construction of a spacecraft assembly plant (SPKA) in the Moscow Region by Gazprom, as well as the issue of the State Corporation Roscosmos joining the charter capital of the project operator, Gazprom SPKA LLC.
At the facilities of SPKA for the needs of Gazprom and other customers, the production of civil spacecraft will be organized. These are, in particular, communication satellites "Yamal" and optical satellites for the Earth remote sensing system "SMOTR". In addition, it is possible to assemble and test serial small spacecraft as part of the promising Sphere program, which is being implemented by the Roscosmos State Corporation.
During the event, Dmitry Sevastyanov, General Director of JSC Gazprom Space Systems, and Yuri Urlichich signed a cooperation agreement.
The document, in particular, reflects the interest of the State Corporation "Roscosmos" in the creation of spacecraft at the facilities of SPKA. The state corporation is also ready to use the Earth remote sensing data from the SMOTR-V satellite. It is planned to be launched in 2024 and will, among other things, be equipped with equipment for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions. The company will provide the State Corporation Roscosmos with up to 30% of the capacity of this spacecraft.
The parties will also work out the possibility of using the network of receiving stations of the Unified Earth Sensing Information System (the system was created by the State Corporation Roscosmos) to receive data from Gazprom's spacecraft.
Space constellation of satellite communications and broadcasting "Yamal" provides the organization of trunk satellite communication channels and broadband access to information resources. It currently has five telecommunication satellites. Their capabilities are actively used by TV companies, communication providers and other organizations.
The SMOTR space remote sensing system is designed to monitor production facilities of the Gazprom Group. The satellites of the SMOTR system will expand the capabilities of geotechnical monitoring and control of security zones to ensure a high level of industrial and environmental safety of Gazprom's facilities.
In November 2019, Gazprom Space Systems and Roskosmos State Corporation signed an Agreement on the basic principles of participation in the SPKA project. It reflects the intention of the State Corporation Roscosmos to enter the charter capital of Gazprom SPKA.