According to the news "news" members of the Russian crew of the International space station (ISS) will have the first opportunity to vote in the presidential election by the channels Multifunctional space relay system (MSRS ) "Loutch".
The user equipment MSRS "Loutch" is planned to be installed on the hull of the ISS during a spacewalk in early 2018 once the equipment is in operation it will be possible to provide the crew of the Russian segment of the ISS is continuously working distiller a channel of communication with the Ground, including during a station outside the zones of visibility from Russia's territory. Up to now, while the ISS outside of such zones, the connection is ensured by the use of the American system relay TDRS.
Operator MSRS "Loutch" is JSC "Satellite system "Gonets". Director General of the company Dmitry Bakanov said in an interview with "the Guardian": "the Structure of signals and encoding methods provide a high degree of stability and security channel".
Voting For our cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev before the flight they have to choose their Trustees, who on election day will be in the TSUP in Korolev will be in touch via a secure channel MSRS "Loutch".