Russian space systems plan to establish a joint venture with Rostelecom and the State Corporation for Air Traffic Management (ATM) to monitor the flight of unmanned aircraft. According to experts, the potential of the market for services rendered with the help of unmanned vehicles in Russia is estimated at 37 billion rubles (about 625 million USD), while in the world it is estimated at 127 billion USD.
“We are planning to establish a joint venture between Rostelecom and the state ATM corporation, which will be entrusted with the function of the Federal Network Operator in the future. We will work with small drones, if we succeed, we will sign an agreement with ATM. With Rostelecom, all documents have already been signed”, said the deputy director of Russian space systems in the field of aerospace monitoring projects, Anatoly Perminov. “The main functions of the system are the creation of flight plans, the application of legislative restrictions in the areas where flights are possible”, added he.
Chief infrastructure designer of the Federal Network Operator, Mikhail Kirechko, recalled that work on the infrastructure was launched in 2015. Now the operator is testing the prototype infrastructure of the Federal Network Operator, they will end at the end of this year. By 2020, the infrastructure will be created.
The infrastructure of the Federal Network Operator, including the ability to control the flight of unmanned aircraft, will be shown at the next airshow in Moscow on July 18-23.