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MOSCOW, January 25 /TASS/. Russia may launch 7 Smotr-class satellites meant for prospecting gas fields and monitoring gas facilities before 2025, according to the 2016-2025 Federal Space Programme.
These satellites will be added to the Gazprom Space Company’s orbital group. The project will cost 93.5 billion roubles and will be financed from private sources.
The Smotr satellite system will make it possible to carry out the prospecting and additional prospecting of gas deposits; monitor gas infrastructure facilities in the stages of construction and operation; control gas extraction and transportation; carry out environmental monitoring and control emergencies under the Federal Space Programme project.
Seven satellites, including one Smotr-B optical electronic satellite; two Smotr-R radar surveillance satellites and four Smotr-IK satellite, will work in the infrared band. Another satellite, Smotr-B number 2, may be launched later in 2025 not necessarily under the federal space programme.
The Gazprom Space Systems is planning to launch six Smotr satellites meant for Earth probing before 2030. According to a new draft of the Federal Space Programme, the company may get one satellite more that initially planned.