Russia to launch remote sensing satellite in 1st half of 2012

ZHUKOVSKY /Moscow region/, August 16 (Itar-Tass) — Director of the Samara-based TsSKB Progress space-rocket enterprise Alexander Kirilin said there have been no changes in the timeframe for the launch of a Resurs-II remote sensing satellite, planned for the first half of 2012.

The satellite manufacturer’s launch schedule gives priority to two launches of Resurs-II units, which are superior to the previous models because of new systems of multi-spectral and hyper-spectral imaging.

“Whereas we presently have a 27-kilometer capture range, these units’ range will extend to 38 kilometers,” Kirilin said, adding that “by their basic performance characteristics, they are no worse than foreign models.”

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