#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Ministry of Natural Resources has estimated the satellite monitoring system’s cost. The program implementation will require 44.2 billion rubles. This system will improve the weather and ice conditions’ forecasts’ quality on the Northern Sea Route.
RBC writes (with reference to the materials of the Ministry of Natural Resources) that it was necessary to build and launch into space seven satellites in 2029-2030 to improve the ice conditions’ forecasts’ quality in the waters of the Northern Sea Route (NSR). This is part of the work to ensure year-round navigation along the NSR, which includes the satellite constellation’s creation and the automatic observation points’ network.
The problem emerged at the end of 2021, when more than 20 civilian ships got stuck in the Arctic ice. The President of Russia instructed the Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev to ‘put things in order’ with the transportation of goods to supply the Far East.
The Northern Sea Route connects European and Far Eastern ports and navigable Siberian rivers’ mouths into a single transport system. The volume of cargo transportation along this route amounted to about 34.9 million tons, their cost was 1.6 trillion rubles over the past year.
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