Spacecraft Description: Resurs-DK1.
Refer also to the entry for Arkon-1.
It was reported in August 2008 that Cosmos 2441, also known as Persona, is based on the Resurs DK1 satellite.
It was reported in June 2006 that there are Resurs DK1 ground stations in Moscow and Khanty Mansiisk, a Siberian province.
The 470-kilogram science payload, PAMELA, is a collaboration of Italy's National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Germany's Siegen University, Sweden's Royal Institute of Technology, New Mexico State University and Goddard Space Flight Center.
Resurs DK1 also has a Russian magnetic field detector. It will be used to determine if small changes in the Earth's magnetic field can be used in earthquake prediction.
The 5,900-kilogram Resurs DK1 was launched in June 2006.
Resurs-DK1 will have panchromatic resolution of 1-meter and multispectral resolution of 2-3 meters. Swath width will be 28.3 kilometers. It will have a 3-year design life. Resurs-DK1 is not a film system. This will be the the first civilian system in which images will be transmitted to the ground. There will initially be one ground station in Moscow and another in the Siberian province of Khandy Mansiisk.
Resurs-DK1 will also have a science payload. Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics (PAMELA) will be supplied by Italy's National Institute for Nuclear Physics. It will be used to investigate antimatter and dark matter.
As of March 2003, launch is planned for late 2003 to early 2004.
Resurs satellites are capable of multispectral imaging with 45-meter and 170-meter resolution.
As of February 2001, Resurs F2 will be launched on a Soyuz in 2001.
Russia offered to sell Russian imagery of Israel to Israel in a January 2000 meeting between officials of the Russian Aviation and Space Agency and the Israel Space Agency. It was reported that the images would be from Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) archive. The last GRU Kometa film-based reconnaissance satellite was launched in 1998.
It was reported in September 2000 that Israel was no longer considering buying imagery from Russia.
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