World-LargestRemote Sensing Centre Opens in Russia
ITAR-TASSNews Agency, 2 March 2004
By Yelena Zubtsova
The world’s largest centre for reception and processing of data of space sensing of the earth opened in Khanty-Mansiisk on Tuesday.
“The centre of the world level has been created in Russia for the first time. It can receive and process information from all satellites for remote probing of the earth, both Russian and foreign ones,” a spokesman for the Russian Aerospace Agency, Konstantin Kreidenko told Itar-Tass. The data from space will allow forecasting forest fires, slides of glaciers and other natural disasters, and managing these emergencies, he said.
Cannabis and opium poppy plantations also can be detected in any part of the world from the satellites. The data of remote probing are helpful in geology, agriculture and other economic sectors.
Kreidenko said specialists of the centre would file in a digital format the telemetric returns from space. “Information can be rapidly received through high-speed lines from satellites with a resolution of one-two meters,” Kreidenko said. Two satellites will add to Russia’s remote probing system this year. A Resurs-DK satellite will be launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome and Resurs-F2 from Plesetsk.
The system comprises Meteor-2M and Monitor-E satellites. The Khanty-Mansiisk centre will also receive information from Ukraine’s satellite Sich-1M and the West’s SPOT, Landsat and IRS,” Kreidenko said.