August 29, 2008

German Rapideye Satellites Placed Under Customer’s Control

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax-AVN) - Five German RapidEye land remote sensing satellites taken to space with the Dnepr launch vehicle converted from the RS-20 ICBM (SS-18 Satan) have been placed under the customer's control.

"The German RapidEye AG has assumed control over the satellites," Interfax-AVN was told at the Ukrainian-Russian-Kazakh Kosmotras consortium that made the launch from Baikonur on Friday in line with a contract with Britain's Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. to replenish the fleet of remote sensing satellites operated by RapidEye.

The satellites will monitor farmlands and make maps from an altitude of 620 kilometers. They have a planned service life of seven years. Each weighs 150 kilos and carry six cameras with a resolution of up to 6.5 meters.

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