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Gonets

Gonets-D1

Gonets-D1.


Gonets is a Russian messaging constellation – Gonets means "messenger" – with dual military and commercial uses. The current system comprises 18 satellites in two orbital planes, and the system is planned to grow to 36 satellites in 6 orbital planes once the market is established. One set of 8 satellites entered the incorrect orbit and its plane will drift with respect to the others. The orbits are 1,400 kilometers high inclined at 82.5°, with individual cell sizes 500–800 kilometer diameter. Only some of the satellites carry digital store and forward payloads. The system is being run by Smolsat, and the satellites will operate as medical and civil data relays.