Unique equipment will equip the ISS with intelligent sensing
The experiment developed by the specialists of the corporation “Energia” is called “Vizir”. In case of success, the ISS becomes a low-orbit remote-sensing satellite that delivers high-resolution images to Earth.
In contrast to automatic satellites, the survey process on the ISS is controlled by the crew members who record the most interesting information in their view, in particular, large-scale natural disasters or various natural anomalies. The speed of the operational survey is 3 frames per second at a resolution of up to three meters per pixel.
The video information obtained with the help of SIPF-U will help in determining the exact coordinates of a specific object on the Earth, sometimes indistinguishable with the naked eye, and accurate targeting of the camera lens.
Experienced operation of the system has been going on for 4 years. During this time, several thousand photographs of the Earth’s parts were transmitted from the ISS, indicating the exact coordinates. The beginning of regular operation is scheduled for next year.