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Energy pulsed into space

Ex-partner of machine-building GC Olga Prokofieva has grown to the scale of "Galaxy"

In March, at one of the main events of Russian cosmonautics, the Inspace Forum 2017, a business lady, well known in the Far East, got into the focus of attention. On the outskirts of the country, she was known as a member of the board of directors Group of companies "Energia" Olga Prokofyeva - Energia became one of the first residents of the Komsomolsk priority development area, proposing to build a plant for processing parts for the needs of the local aircraft plant and other enterprises of the United Aircraft Corporation. At the Inspace Forum Olga appeared in front of journalists as Aliya Prokofieva - head and partner Group of companies "Galaxy"... EastRussia figured out how the top manager of Energia grew to cosmic proportions.

Energy pulsed into space
Photo: Olga Prokofieva and Sergei Guskov, heads of GC "Energia", photo from energy-co.ru
The first statements about the birth of "Galaxy" Aliya-Olga Prokofieva made back in 2016 year. Thus, in interview on the eve of the Intelligent Manufacturing & Industrial IoT Congress and Exhibition last October, while talking about Energia as a member of its board of directors, Mrs. Prokofieva mentioned both her space projects and Galaktika. "We plan to develop systems for remote sensing of the earth, the production of micro- and nanosatellites with higher characteristics than are currently on the market, the launch of a remote sensing group and a liaison group to solve the problems of the Internet of things," she explained. The details appeared this spring: there are already five companies in Galaktika, and the Group of Companies managed to invest 2016 million euros in 12 in the complex Pulsar project, which implies building a powerful satellite constellation in orbit to create an Internet of Things (IoT) network for 500 million devices. The group, said Ms. Prokofieva, will be engaged in satellite and rocketry. 

The "core" of the "Galaxy" is the Russian company Sputnix (LLC "Satellite Innovative Space Systems"), which develops systems for small space vehicles. The company was born in 2009 year from the department of another private company - Scanex, which specializes in processing satellite imagery data. "Scanex" has already left the project, but it is not in vain that it gained independence. In 2011, Sputniks became a resident of Skolkovo, in 2014 it launched the first Russian private microsatellite for remote sensing of the Earth, TabletSat-Aurora. Whether it remains in orbit now is not publicly disclosed, however, microsatellites are usually designed to operate for only a few years.

The first "TabletSat" was 25-kilogram, it is equipped with one camera. But the platform is universal, and therefore, it follows from the presentation on the website of Sputnik, addressed to potential investors, allows expansion to modifications that carry up to 50 or 100 kg. "Satellite" expects to launch in 2018-2019 years into orbit the first device of the future grouping, to 2020-m to bring the number of microsatellites to three, and to 2025-mu - to 176.

In the long term, the release of 600 satellites into orbit will ensure coverage of almost the entire earth's surface, Aliya Prokofieva specified to Izvestia. According to her, investments in the Pulsar project in the next three years could exceed $ 100 million, and the business lady herself will invest 2017 million euros in her own funds in the development of the Galaxy projects in 140. At the current rate of the Central Bank is more than 8 billion rubles. The investment portfolio of the "Galaxy" projects, Said Ms. Prokofieva RNS, For the next year and a half - $ 300 million, and it will increase.

Other companies that have joined the "Galaxy" will be engaged in the development of their space projects. "Space movement," says the website of the group of companies, is developing a new guidance system for surveying equipment, "Algorithm" - satellite data processing technology, "Ascension" - creates an ultra-light class launch vehicle, and Anisoprint - an 3D printer that can Produce parts from composite materials directly in orbit. All these projects, it seems to the leadership of the "Galaxy", can go to the practical plane and without linking with the main project "Pulsar", which should be implemented by "Satellite". Aliya Prokofieva herself says that the carrier rocket can be modified and created for 2021 year, and launch 3D-printing technology in orbit - and at all to 2019 year. 

Where does the co-owner of the "Galaxy" have funds to implement the projects and who are its partners, Aliya Prokofieva does not say. The only production asset of Energia is Uraltrubmash, a factory for the production of thin pipes used in the aircraft industry. The latest financial statements of the JSC disclosed on public sites show that the company received 2014 million rubles for 628,8 year. Revenues and slightly less than 3,2 million rubles. Net profit.

Meanwhile, the Energia Group of Companies in the Far East has still announced the Epsilon-2 project for 7,7 billion rubles, which is considered the "anchor" for the Komsomolsk ASEZ. Among the possible co-investors were named STLC, the Far East Development Fund, and VEB, but these companies, as far as is known, have not undertaken any financial obligations. The construction of a plant in the ASEZ has not yet begun, and therefore the initial concept for the development of Komsomolsk ASEZ (as a platform for the implementation of projects of the airline's suppliers) has to be adjusted. A year ago EastRussia wrote about the clouds that have gathered around the project that has not yet begun: according to sources familiar with the situation, the suspension of the project in Komsomolsk-on-Amur is due to the lack of the investor's own financial capabilities - and the lack of the necessary support from financial institutions. 

"Energia" also announced the project of the plant "Epsilon" at 8 billion rubles. at Industrial park "Theological" (Sverdlovsk region), which also recently became part of the Krasnoturinsk TOP. "Energy" was originally a partner of the regional authorities to create a industrial park, the website of the Civil Code says, and now its project is also "anchor" for the Ural TOR.

It should be noted that in 20212, Ms. Prokofieva spoke with initiatives in the field of renewable energy (before the company was renamed into Energia, the company was called "Energy Projects"). And at a meeting of the Presidium of the Council for Modernization in 2013, she reported to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on the latest developments in the field of fuel cell production. However, publications on the successful outcome of these projects have not yet been detected.

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