The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has launched a geoportal with remote sensing images of Earth at geoportal.ntsomz.ru. The service is similar to Google Maps but the Roscosmos geoportal’s satellite imagery will be updated much more regularly. The images, which will be acquired by Russian remote sensing satellites, are going to be updated on a daily basis vs. Google Maps‘ images – on annual basis. Part of images will be provided under NASA’s Scientific Data Purchase Project.
Google Maps support page says that it “uses the same satellite data as Google Earth. Google Earth acquires the best imagery available, most of which is approximately one to three years old.”
Roscosmos said that it invested some 10 milion Rubles ($0.3 million) into the geoportal. The service is standardized as ISO 15000. The low-resolution satellite images of Earth will be available to portal’s general public users for free.
Roscosmos.ru has between 35,000 and 45,000 daily visitors. The number of visitors shall increase significantly with the launch of a new geoportal. Roscosmos plans to register a cyrillic domain name for the geoportal such as геопортал.рф.