Russia to launch Kanopus Earth observation satellites

Moscow, Russia – The first to be put in orbit at the end of 2009/early 2010 (WAPA) – The Russian Space Agency plans to launch a series of KANOPUS Earth observation satellites, with the first two due for launch at the end of 2009/early 2010.

KANOPUS-V is being developed for Russia and will record abnormal phenomena to study the possibility of earthquake prediction as well as monitoring agriculture, water and coastal resources. The satellite will carry a Russian-built 2.1m panchromatic imager plus a 10.5m multispectral imager.

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has delivered to the customer, FSUE NPP VNIIEM, the first two suites of equipment for the KANOPUS-type satellite platforms.

The equipment now in Russia has successfully completed two weeks of tests, marking a major milestone for the project and the customer. Work is now underway to integrate the equipment into the first two satellites, under a joint operation with VNIIEM and SSTL engineers.

(Source Avionews)

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