CEOS Development Environment

Successful Launch for Resurs-P3

Congratulations to the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), a CEOS Agency, on the successful launch of the Resurs-P3 satellite from Baikonur Spaceport on May 13, 2016, the fourth flight unit of the Resurs-P program.



Summarized from an article on Russian Space Web: 

Designed to operate in orbit for at least five years, Resurs-P3 is identical to its older siblings — Resurs-P2 and Resurs-P1, all designed for multi-spectral observation of our planet…

The main payload onboard is a high-resolution optical telescope Geoton-L1 intended for taking images of the Earth’s surface with a resolution up to one meter in black and white, while looking directly below its flight path (in nadir). The spacecraft can also conduct imaging tilting sideways up to 45 degrees from the nadir orientation in 45-second intervals. All photos taken by Resurs-P3 can be correlated to their locations with an accuracy from 10 to 15 meters without the use of ground reference targets.

Relying on a single receiving ground station, Resurs-P3 can photograph 80,000 square kilometers of the Earth’s surface in high-resolution mode and should be able to revisit imaged areas within three days…

The satellite also carries a hyper-spectral imaging payload, GSA, and a wide-angle multi-spectral camera system collectively known as KShMSA. Both instruments were previously launched on Resurs-P1 and Resurs-P2.