Resource-P 4 – a remote sensing satellite – is delayed in production. That’s why the launch date was corrected. The satellite deployment is currently shifted from the originally scheduled November 2020 to 2021.
The Roscosmos officials haven’t commented this information. However, Dmitry Baranov – CEO, SRC Progress – had previously announced, Resource-P 4 would be injected late 2020.
One thing remains unchanged – Resorce-P 4 is planned to be launched by the Soyuz-2.1b rocket carrier from the Baykonor cosmodrome.
Only Resource-P 1 launched in 2013 is currently in the intended orbital operation and has already completed its service under the 5-year warranty. The satellite data are used by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Russian EMERCOM, the Russian Fishery Agency, the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring and other consumers, for map renewal and for getting the information in environmental protection and monitoring. The space vehicle can carry a highly detailed panchromatic survey of the Earth surface with a 70-cm resolution and of at least 3-4 meters in five spectral channels.
Resource-P 2 satellite was deployed in 2014 and went out of service 2 years before its given warranty time end. Resource-P 3 was launched in 2015 and has not been in the intended operation since 2017.
Source: RIA Novosti.