Russia’s space programme is contemplating building a web of interconnected remote-controlled satellites to monitor activity on the Earth in real time.
Dubbed Sovereign’s Eye – ‘Gosudarevo Oko’ – it would be used in agriculture and by the emergency services, Roscosmos’s chief has claimed.
Sovereign’s Eye will also help improve educational and IT infrastructure, as well as cybersecurity and research, its creators say.
Russia launched more than 25 satellites into orbit last year, taking the nation’s total amount of civilian and military satellites to 146, according to the UN.
This included the successful launch of two Canopus-V remote sensing satellites, which launched in December.
These are equipped with precision cameras with a broad spectral range, which – alongside visible light – may include ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths.
They will capture take resolution images of Earth’s surface from more than 310 miles (500km) above.
Four more of these satellites are expected to be operational by 2020.
Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin revealed the idea of Sovereign’s Eye at a press conference.
He said: ‘We have presented a new project which we consider promising.
‘After a successful launch from the Vostochny spaceport in December, we have reinforced the group of Earth remote sensing satellites.
‘We are suggesting a project called “Sovereign’s Eye” so that we can see the dynamics of any processes on Earth.