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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.

Kanopus-V No.5 and No.6 will join four satellites already operating in sun-synchronous orbit. The first Kanopus-V satellite was launched by a Soyuz-FG/Fregat rocket in July 2012 alongside BKA, a nearly-identical satellite developed for Belarus. Kanopus-V No.2 was modified to incorporate an additional infrared payload, launching in July 2017 as Kanopus-V-IK. The third and fourth satellites were launched together earlier this year.

Alternate Names

  • 43876
  • KanopusV5

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2018-12-27
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz-2.1a/Fregat
Launch Site: Vostochny Cosmodrome, Russia
Mass: 473 kg

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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