Monitor-E

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Monitor-E
Mission type Earth observation
Operator NTs OMZ[1]
COSPAR ID 2005-032A
SATCAT no. 28822
Website eng.ntsomz.ru/ks_dzz/satellites/monitor_E
Mission duration Planned: 5 years
Final: 2 years, 4 months, 25 days
Spacecraft properties
Bus Yakhta[2]
Manufacturer Khrunichev[2]
Launch mass 750 kg (1,650 lb)[2]
Payload mass 270 kg (600 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 26 August 2005, 18:34 (2005-08-26UTC18:34) UTC[3]
Rocket Rokot-KM[2]
Launch site Plesetsk Site 133/3[2]
Contractor Eurockot Launch Services
End of mission
Disposal Decommissioned
Deactivated 21 January 2008 (2008-01-22)[1][4]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous
Eccentricity 0.00145
Perigee 524 km (326 mi)
Apogee 544 km (338 mi)
Inclination 97.6°
Period 95.3 minutes
Epoch 26 August 2005, 14:34 UTC[3]

Monitor-E is the first Russian satellite of a fleet of newly designed, small Earth observing satellites. It was launched 26 August 2005 at 18:34 UTC from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, and placed in a Sun-synchronous orbit of 524 by 544 km (326 by 338 mi).

Design[edit]

Monitor-E has a set of remote sensing devices. They are intended to make maps of the Earth's surface to be used for ecological monitoring and charting geological features. It was built by the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.

Specifications[edit]

Sensors

  • 8 m panchromatic (0.51-0.85 µm), swath width of not less 90 km
  • 20–40 m multispectral (0.54-0.59/0.63-0.68/0.79-0.90 µm), swath width of not less than 160 km

Onboard storage

  • 2 × 200 gigabit capacity

Data communications

  • Transmission speeds of 15.36/61.44/122.88 Mbit/s

Orbit

  • Altitude: 524 × 544 km (326 × 338 mi) - 97.6 degree Sun-synchronous inclination

Spacecraft

  • Active life: 5 years
  • Orientation precision: 0.1 degrees
  • Stabilization precision: 0.001 degrees/s
  • Average daily power consumption: 450 W
  • Mass: 750 kg (1,650 lb)

Communications problems[edit]

After launch, communications with Monitor-E was initially difficult to establish, but a few hours later it was successfully contacted and control was established.[5] On 19 October 2005 new problems developed and no communication was possible since then. Later on communications were restored and photographs from both cameras were published on 30 November 2005.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Monitor-E Spacecraft". NTs OMZ. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Monitor-E". Gunter's Space Page. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Monitor-E: Orbit". National Space Science Data Center. NASA. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Allaby, Michael, ed. (2013). A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 382. ISBN 978-0-19-965306-5. 
  5. ^ Malik, Tariq (27 August 2005). "Russia Regains Control of Newly Launched Monitor-E Satellite". Space.com. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 

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