Boris Resnick, Deputy Technical Director, Aerospace Systems at GLONASS Union

Welcome to GUTMA’s Meet Our Members interview series in which we feature a different member every month.

This month we spoke to Boris Resnick, Deputy Technical Director, Aerospace Systems at GLONASS Union. Thanks Boris for taking the time to share some interesting insights into GLONASS Union.

The primary mission of GLONASS Union is to promote the development and deployment of navigation and communication technologies, both satellite and beyond. 

The company collaborates with many players across the ecosystem including cellular and satellite system operators in communications, low-power wide-area networks operators and a range of systems integrators. They also maintain close coordination with Roscosmos enterprises for the foundational GLONASS satellite navigation system.

In the aviation domain, they collaborate with GUTMA as well as with aviation Standard Development Organizations such as EUROCAE and are part of the wider drone community, organising one of the popular drone racing events.

Currently, the company are building experimental unmanned aerial systems (UAS)/ urban air mobility (UAM) zones enabled by 4G LTE and 5G data links, and GLONASS/ GPS-based precision navigation. 

Boris said:

“This pilot project is extremely important to identify existing technological gaps, establish a solid plan to close them and to build safety and business cases accepted by all relevant stakeholders – telcos, navigation providers, aviation authorities and the public.

As a Federal Network Operator, GLONASS Union unites major cellular providers and maintains wide networking with the navigation and telecommunications community. In the UAS domain, they coordinate national development of the Concept for remotely piloted aviation systems integration into Russia’s airspace, as well as defining system-wide requirements. They are also responsible for C2 implementation in Moscow’s UAM pilot zone.

Boris is excited to see both UAM and urban small package delivery operational as he believes these are key milestones for future smart megacities. Commenting on future industry trends, Boris said:

“There are several trends which are going to shape aviation in the near future. These include LEO-based satellite services, electric UAS/ vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles and the wide deployment of 5G networks. New generations of batteries or fuel cells could also have a disruptive effect. In addition, multi-modal transportation and integration with automotive industry may play its role.”

The next step for GLONASS Union is to build a nation-wide C2 and navigation infrastructure capable of enabling BVLOS flights for UAS/ UAM in the very diverse operational environments found in Russia, ranging from densely populated cities with complex airspace to remote areas served by satellite technologies only. To achieve this, they will be focusing on introducing hybrid systems based on GNSS, ground-based, geostationary and low-earth orbit technologies.

Finally, Boris reflected that the Russian UAS/ UAM market is largely underestimated globally and wanted to emphasise to our readers that GLONASS Union is in a good position to help open it for its partners.

Find out more about Boris Resnick and GLONASS Union through LinkedIn, or visit GLONASS Union’s website.

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