The satellite allows observing all polar regions from an altitude of 30-40 thousand kilometers with a frequency of 15 minutes. It can actively shoot for six hours.
“Arktika-M provides more accurate information for shipping along the Northern Sea Route. The satellite makes it possible to predict ice movements with an accuracy of up to a kilometer”, said the Roscosmos state corporation’s press office.
In addition, the device data is used to analyze and predict fire centers in Siberia. It allows specialists to control volcanoes in the Northern Hemisphere.
Yury Gektin, chief designer of the Russian Space Systems direction, explained that the information received is unique. Until 2025, Roskosmos will launch three more satellites to monitor ice and one – to monitor the meteorological situation in the Arctic.
Recall that Russia is working on the implementation of a new permafrost monitoring system, and the Russian research and production company Barl has patented a space system for remote sensing of the Earth. We also talked about the fact that Russian satellites will be able to predict the northern lights.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Roscosmos