Sovereign’s Eye: Russia Satellite Network to Watch ‘Any Process on Earth’
Russia launched over two dozen satellites into space last year, and had some 146 civilian and military satellites orbiting the planet as of mid-2018, according to UN figures.
Russia’s space agency is proposing the creation of a constellation of remote sensing satellites dubbed the Sovereign’s Eye (‘Gosudarevo Oko’), Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has announced.
“Today, we have presented a new project, which I consider extremely promising…On December 27, with the successful launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, we strengthened the constellation of Earth remote sensing satellites. We are now proposing a project called ‘Sovereign’s Eye’, which would allow us to see the dynamics of any changes on Earth,” Rogozin said, speaking to reporters on Friday.
According to Rogozin, the project could make an important contribution to Russia’s Digital Economy initiative, a national development strategy aimed at improving the functioning of regulatory organs and educational institutions, as well as cybersecurity, research, and IT infrastructure.