The Khrunichev Spacecraft Center, a space-sector enterprise and defense-industry company in Russia recently announced that it has developed an optical remote-sensing satellite. It has been reported that the Monitor-E, which is scheduled to be launched on August 18, would both search for mineral deposits and conduct counter-terrorist operations. The 750-kilogram satellite, which features two cameras with a resolution of eight and 20 meters, will be out into orbit by a Rokot light launch vehicle. The Monitor-E is currently being taken to the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia inside a special container.
Alexander Medvedev, the deputy general director of the Khrunichev Center, has said that a mission control center was currently being completed. Many Russian organizations need this satellite. For example, officials in the Natural Resources Ministry said the body would use it to identify new mineral deposits, monitor environmental-pollution levels, prevent fires and pinpoint tree-felling areas. They added that Russia currently had to buy these photographs from foreigners. The R&D project cost an estimated $100-140 million, including launch expenses. The Khrunichev Center plans to launch six more remote-sensing satellites in the future to create a remote-sensing system, which it says will cost about $1 billion.
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