Russia: Russia’s Lavochkin aerospace company has won a defense ministry tender on the development of a series of five high-resolution optical-electronic surveillance satellites worth almost 70 billion rubles ($2.2 bln). European EADS consortium, Thales Alenia Space and Israel Aerospace Industries are being considered as potential suppliers of the electronic equipment for the satellites. The draft design of the new satellite will be finished by the end of 2013. The orbital grouping will initially consist of two satellites with further addition of three to form a complete system.
According to the defense ministry’s requirements, the system must be able to produce imagery with sub-meter resolution, which allows, for instance, discerning license plates on cars or even general features of human appearance.
Source: Ria Novosti