Russian space station to be equipped with sensors to monitor earth’s surface

Moscow, Nov 20 (FN Agency) The Russian Orbital Station, whose construction is expected to start in 2024, will be equipped with optical sensors to conduct a round-the-clock monitoring of the Earth’s surface, Yuri Borisov, the head of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, said on Monday. “The station will be presumably stuffed with optic sensors in different ranges, including in far-infrared range, X-ray-range. It will be a flying laboratory able of constantly monitoring the Earth’s surface and Russia’s territory,” Borisov said during the third International Conference “Science on The ISS” in Moscow.

The Roscosmos chief also said that the designers of the new orbital station would ensure that all flaws detected during the International Space Station’s (ISS) operation are taken into account to provide for more productive scientific research. The first module of the Russian Orbital Station is expected to be launched into orbit by 2027, and in five years, the construction of the station will be completed. Russia is planning to leave the ISS by 2028. The ISS, whose construction began in 1998, was initially intended to be operated for only 15 years. The period was later extended until 2020, and then until 2024. In 2022, NASA announced a planned date of January 2031 to de-orbit the ISS.