The Russian Skif-D is a prototype for the Skif low earth orbit constellation for broadband high-speed internet access, which is part of the Sfera program.
Sfera is a planned Russian constellation consisting of at least 162 satellites, which would include communication satellites Ekspress and Ekspress-RV in geostationary and high elliptical orbits, Skif satellites for broadband Internet access and Marathon satellites. In addition, the group will include Yamal communication satellites, Smotr remote sensing satellites, and Berkut observation satellites.
Skif-D was built by ISS Reshetnev to test the technologies for the operational Skif satellites.
The launch of the Skif-D demonstrator satellite was conducted in October 2022 on a Soyuz-2-1b Fregat rocket.
|Type / Application:||Communication|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Skif-D (14F149 №Kh001)||2022-139||22.10.2022||Vo LC-1S||Soyuz-2-1b Fregat||with Gonets-M 23, Gonets-M 24, Gonets-M 25|