Roskosmos opens satellite data centers in Arctic

The town of Arkhangelsk seen from space.

The Russian Federal Space Agency Roskosmos will open several centers for receiving and processing data from Earth remote sensing satellites in order to support Arctic development.

The first center to start operating will be the one in Murmansk, which should be in business from October 2015, Roskosmos´ website reads.

Centers for handling data from satellites are being established in the Arkhangelsk region, in Komi, Yamal-Nenets and in Khanty-Mansiysk, and two more are planned in Dudinka in the Krasnoyarsk region and in Anadyr in Chukotka.

The centers will provide imagery that can give valuable information about the situation in the Arctic in fields like climate change, ice conditions, topography, industrial objects etc, and which can also be invaluable for emergency response and disaster relief.