#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. In the Barents Sea, scientists from the Arctic Floating University (APU) began to investigate the impact of space weather – a set of emissions – on satellites in the circumpolar regions. To do this, on the upper deck of Professor Molchanov ship, researchers from the Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NAFU) installed a special antenna that receives satellite data during their flight over the ship.
According to TASS, the polar zone for small spacecraft is a zone of particular risk. The study will help optimize the operation and extend the satellites life. Now there is only information about how space affects large devices that are located in high orbits.
Small satellites weighing 10-20 kilograms, for example, are used to survey the Earth in order to transmit information to ships. The service life of such spacecraft is from two to five years. After processing the results, scientists will develop recommendations for protecting satellites.
Recall that the Arctic Floating University is a joint project of NAFU and the Northern Directorate for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring. Norilsk Nickel is among the project’s partners and sponsors.
Last year, APU scientists studied the Arctic plants adaptation to cold conditions, the possibilities of Arctic tourism, Novaya Zemlya snowfields, some for the first time. Also, we reported that the Russian satellite constellation in the Arctic in two years will increase five times, this will increase the predictability of the ice situation on the Northern Sea Route.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Alexander Haritonov