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HSE University Participates in Satellite Navigation Monitoring Project

HSE University Participates in Satellite Navigation Monitoring Project

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A team of HSE students is taking part in the development of a Russian satellite automatic identification system (AIS) to monitor sea navigation. The aim of the project is to track the locations of vessels and adjust their routes, including in the Arctic along the Northern Sea Route.

The system is based on the Russian CubeSat 3U platform designed by the SPUTNIX company, a nano-satellite 30 х 10 х 10 cm size. The satellite carries AIS hardware and software to collect navigation data from vessels.

SPUTNIX is a Russian private business (part of the Sitronics Group). The company manufactures high-tech satellite components and platforms for small spacecraft, ground equipment for testing small spacecraft, Earth communication stations, and aerospace training equipment.

The spacecraft transmits the collected data to a station on Earth for processing. The satellite is set to launch in 2022, and once in orbit, it will be controlled by the HSE and SPUTNIX mission control centres..

This is not the first time that HSE University has worked with spacecraft. The CubeSX-HSE and CubeSX-Sirius-HSE satellites were launched in 2021 and are currently in operation. HSE University plans to open a Master's programme in Information Systems and Technologies to offer students training in space technologies from space industry practitioners and experts.

Andrey Abrameshin

‘We can apply a comprehensive approach in the field of space technologies to various academic programmes at HSE MIEM. The orders placed by our partner companies in this field allow our institute to continue advancing research and development and a project-based learning model. This gives student project teams an opportunity to participate in the development of systems and services for joint space missions with various kinds of tasks utilising the CubeSat spacecraft,’ said Professor Andrey Abrameshin, Deputy Director of MIEM HSE.

Vladislav Ivanenko

‘Projects to create low-orbit constellations of CubeSat microsatellites provide a wide range of effective solutions: they can establish space communications, facilitate near-Earth space exploration, prevent natural disasters and mitigate their consequences. Our partnership with HSE University will make it possible to develop and implement a Russian continuous satellite monitoring system, including monitoring of navigation in the Arctic. We are glad that our space technology solutions contribute to the digital transformation of education, providing early career researchers with new opportunities for discoveries,’ said SPUTNIX CEO Vladislav Ivanenko.

This mission has been implemented as part of the Space π programme with financial support from the Foundation for Assistance to Innovations as part of the Planet Guard (Dezhurny po planete) Competition.

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