Moscow: The Centre of Space Monitoring at the Southern Federal University (SFU) in Russia recently received the first data from the Russian medium resolution Meteor-M N1 satellite. Currently, the Meteor-M N1 spacecraft is in a test mode. The new source of 60 m, medium-resolution remote sensing data will be used for land use, environmental protection, monitoring of emergencies, and tasks relevant to other industries in the southern Russia.
Earlier this year, the Russian space agency Roscosmos took a decision to grant Russian universities access to space-based information acquired from national remote sensing spacecrafts. The decision was taken at the meeting of the University Geoportals (UNIGEO) Consortium members, held at the Lomonosov Moscow State University. This development was a culmination of ScanEX Research & Development Center’s (RDC) efforts to build bridges between the Federal Space Agency and the academic community. As a result, SFU has become the first of the UNIGEO Consortium members to receive information from Meteor-M N1.