Russia’s last satellite launch of 2018 will see a Soyuz rocket lift off from the Vostochny Cosmodrome Thursday, delivering a pair of Kanopus-V remote sensing satellites and twenty-six secondary payloads to orbit with the aid of a Fregat upper stage. Soyuz is scheduled for launch at 11:07 local time (02:07 UTC) with separation of its primary payload expected about an hour later.
The Kanopus-V No.5 and No.6 satellites will join a constellation of six civilian Earth imaging satellites operated by the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roskosmos. Kanopus-V, or Kanopus-Vulkan, spacecraft carry a compliment of three sensors to image the Earth at visible-light and near infrared wavelengths.
The Panchromatic Imaging System (PSS) aboard the Kanopus satellites can image the Earth at resolutions of up to 2.5 metres (8.2 feet), while the Multispectral Imaging System (MSS) offers a resolution of 12 meters (39 feet) across four spectral bands: 0.54-0.60 microns, 0.63-0.69 microns, 0.69-0.72 microns and 0.75-0.86 microns. The Multispectral Scanner Unit 200 (MSU-200) has a resolution of 25 meters (82 feet), operating at wavelengths between 0.54 and 0.86 microns.
The Kanopus satellites were built by NPP VNIIEM in cooperation with British satellite manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). With a mass of ...