Russia Set to Expand Earth Observation Satellites

by Matt Ball on October 9, 2011

Russia has been aggressively expanding their Glonass navigation satellite constellation, and will continue to expand from the 23 operational satellites they have now to a total of 30 by 2015. In this same time span the country also plans to increase the number of earth observation satellites from five to 20. The Russian space agency Roscosmos announced their priorities to Russian lawmakers on Friday.

With the Glonass satellite constellation now completely global, the space agency now has put a focus on Earth monitoring. To date, the country has very few earth remote sensing satellites. Currently in development is the Kondor, an 800 kg high-resolution radar imagery satellite that is planned for launch in January of 2012 as part of the Arktika satellite group. Two additional optical earth observation satellites are also planned for 2012 with Resurs-P and Canopus-B, two satellites aimed at monitoring natural and manmade disaster.

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