The creation of the Sphere communication system will require 800 billion rubles, said the head of Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin. According to him, less than half of this amount will be allocated from the budget.
“System” Sphere “(will cost in. – “B”) 0.8 trillion rubles, of which 500 billion is off-budget, “said the head of Roscosmos at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (quoted by TASS).
The Sphere project was announced in 2018. Within its framework, it is planned to unite 640 satellites to create a global satellite Internet system. They intended to launch satellites in three stages: in 2022, 2024 and 2028.
Within the framework of the Sphere, a project for the Ether global communication system was also developed. Initially, it was planned to spend 300 billion rubles on it, but a year later the estimated cost of the system exceeded 530 billion rubles.