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Kanopus-V 1, 2

Kanopus-V [NPO VNIIEM]

Kanopus-V (Kanopus-Vulkan) is a small Russian remote sensing satellite.

Provision of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Russian Academy of Sciences operational weather information for the following major tasks:

  • Monitoring of man-made and natural emergencies, including natural weather phenomena;
  • Mapping;
  • Detect pockets of forest fires and emissions of major pollutants in the environment;
  • Registration abnormal physical phenomena for earthquake prediction;
  • Monitoring of agriculture, water and coastal resources
  • Land use;

The satellite was built by NPO VNII Elektromekhaniki, who subcontracted the avionics suite to SSTL.

Kanopus-V features three prototype instruments:

  • PSS (Panchromatic Imaging System):
    PSS is an instrument to provide panchromatic imagery for environmental monitoring, agriculture and forestry. It provides high resolution imagery of 2.5 m on a swath of 20 km. The spectral range is 0.5-0.8 m.
  • MSS (Multispectral Imaging System):
    MSS is an instrument to provide multispectral imagery of land and coastal surfaces and ice cover. It provides a spatial resolution of 12 m on a swath of 20 km. Four spectral bands are provided: 0.5-0.6 m; 0.6-0.7 m; 0.7-0.8 m; 0.8-0.9 m.
  • MSU-200 (Multispectral Scanner Unit):
    MSU-200 is an instrument to provide imagery of land and sea surfaces and ice cover. The spatial resolution is 25 m on a swath of 250 km. The spectral coverage is 0.54-0.86 m.

A virtual copy of this satellite was built for Belarus as BKA.

Kanopus-V 2 has been modified wit additional infra-red capability and is to be launched as Kanopus-V-IK 1 in 2015.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Earth Observation
Operator: Roskosmos
Contractors: NPP VNIIEM
Equipment: PSS, MSS, MSU-200
Configuration: Kanopus bus
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 5 years
Mass: 473 kg
Orbit: 510 km × 510 km, sun-synchronous
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Kanopus-V 1 2012-039A 22.07.2012 Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-FG Fregat with BKA, Zond-PP, exactView 1, TET 1
Kanopus-V 2 - modified Pl LC-133/3 Rokot-KM Kanopus-V-IK 1
Kanopus-V 3 - 2017 Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M with Kanopus-V 4
Kanopus-V 4 - 2017 Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M with Kanopus-V 3
Kanopus-V 5 - 2018 Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M with Kanopus-V 6
Kanopus-V 6 - 2018 Ba LC-31/6 Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M with Kanopus-V 5