The launch of Resurs-P #3 spacecraft

13 march 2016

On March 13, 2016 at 21h 56min (Moscow time) Resurs-P #3 spacecraft was launched by Soyuz-2-1b launch vehicle from Launch Pad No 31 Baikonur cosmodrome. The launch vehicle and spacecraft developed and produced at JSC SRC Progress.

Earth remote sensing Resurs-P #3 spacecraft is designed for high-resolution, detailed wide-swath and hyperspectral optronic imaging of the Earth surface.

Resurs-P #3 spacecraft will increase the first domestic orbital constellation of civil Earth remote sensing means with detailed resolution. Two preceding Resurs-P #3 spacecraft were launched in 2013 and 2014. At the end of 2015 the constellation consisted of two Resurs-P spacecraft was accepted for flight operation. At the present time the constellation is under active operation and over 200 different Russian organizations and offices use the data from satellites. Launch of the third Resurs-P spacecraft will enable to make continuous daily observation of Russian Federation territory in visible range.

The observation equipment of three types was installed on board Resurs-P #3 spacecraft:

– Geoton-L electrooptical equipment with data acquisition and processing system. High-resolution Geoton-L electrooptical equipment enables to make Earth observation in panchromatic range with ground resolution at least 1m, as well as to make multispectral observation with ground resolution 2-3m with coverage of 475km.

– Wide-angle multispectral imagine complex equipped with two cameras of high and medium ground resolution.

– Hyperspectral equipment.

Resurs-P #3 spacecraft was developed on order of ROSCOSMOS in the interests of the following customers: Ministry of Natural Resources of Russian Federation, Ministry of Agriculture of Russian Federation, Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russian Federation, Fishery Department of Russia, Hydrometeorology Department of Russia, Federal Service for State Registration, Cadaster and Cartography.

The data obtained from Resurs-P #3 spacecraft will be used for the following:

- inventory and monitoring of natural resources and economic processes to provide efficient activity in agriculture, forestry, fishery, water and other economic units;

- monitoring of emergency situations and also assessment of their consequences.

- mapping and updating of geographical, thematic and topographic maps;

- monitoring of environmental contamination and degeneration,

- monitoring of water protection zones and reserved areas;

- information support for mineral deposits search (such as oil, gas, ore and etc.);

- information support of highway building and construction of large structures, building of motor roads, railways, oil pipelines, gas pipelines, creation of communication systems;

- assessment of ice situation and etc.