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The Russian State Space Corporation (ROSCOSMOS) is responsible for space activities management in Russian Federation in the interests of science, technology and different branches of the economy, as well as the organization of works on the design and use (operation) of space techniques for scientific and social-economic purposes.

Earth remote sensing for the purposes of disasters response and data provision is performed by the Russian remote sensing operator (Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring of JSC ‘Russian Space Systems').

For the interests of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters and EMERCOM of Russia, ROSCOSMOS provides data of various spatial resolutions and in various spectral bands for disaster response from five remote sensing satellites: 2 satellites of Kanopus-V type, Meteor-M and 3 satellites of Resurs-P type. 


Kanopus-V is a remote sensing satellite launched in 2012. The satellite is designed for the purposes of mapping, disaster monitoring and the Earth operative observation. Kanopus-V is equipped with panchromatic and multispectral high resolution sensors. In July 2017 a new Kanopus-V-IK satellite was launched. This spacecraft is equipped with infrared sensor in addition to panchromatic and multispectral sensors.

Yamalo-Nenetsky Avtonomny Okrug,
 the Russian Federation –
observation of forest fires
Image acquired on 25/07/2017 by Kanopus-V 
© All rights reserved, Roscosmos, 2017



The second satellite of Meteor-3M type was launched in 2014. It is designed for the Earth atmosphere and geological substate global monitoring, hydrometeorological and environmental monitoring and natural / manmade disasters forecasting. Meteor-M allows acquiring multizone low or medium resolution images.

flood monitoring meteor-m
Tomskaya Oblast, the Russian Federation –
flood monitoring
Image acquired on 17/05/2017 by Meteor-M 
© All rights reserved, Roscosmos, 2017



Resurs-P type satellites were launched in 2013, 2014 and 2016. They contribute Earth remote sensing data for mapping, disasters monitoring, environment ecological monitoring and natural resources survey. Resurs-P satellites are equipped with high resolution optical sensor, hyperspectral optical sensor and high/medium resolution multispectral optical sensors with wide capture swath.

Coco Island
Cayo Coco island, the Republic of Cuba – 
observation of the damage after hurricane IRMA
Image acquired on 23/09/2017 by Resurs-P 
© All rights reserved, Roscosmos, 2017

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