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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. According to various sources, the mass of the latest variant is 5,730 or 5,920 kilograms.

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.

Like its predecessors, Resurs-P3 also carries an image storing and conversion system dubbed Sangur-1U developed at NPP Opteks, a branch of TsSKB Progress in Samara. Sangur-1U converts optical images into digital signal and then processes, compresses and transmits this data to the satellite's X-band radio system for a downlink to ground stations.

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.

To process and relay produced images back to Earth, the satellite is equipped with the BA SSSI storage system and the BA VRL high-speed radio-transmission system developed at the NII TP design bureau.

Alternate Names

  • 41386

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-03-13
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2.1b
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Russia

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (Russia)


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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