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First Meteor-M satellite launch 10th anniversary Print
Tuesday, 17 September 2019 00:00

On September 17 2009, the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with the Fregat booster launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with the first Meteor-M hydrometeorological and oceanographic space complex Meteor-3M satellite onboard. This launch paved the way for recreating the Russian meteorological orbit group.


VNIIEM Corporation is the head designer of the spacecraft. The Russian Space Systems (RSS, part of Roscosmos) specialists have contributed a lot into developing the No.1 Meteor-M satellite equipment and systems. The company created multizone small-scale scanning unit, onboard information system, onboard radio complex to collect and transmit data, ground information receiving, processing and distribution complex, as well as the ground control complex.


The information received by the No.1 Meteor-M satellite was used as the basis for weather analyzing and forecasting on a regional and global levels, examining the status of the seas and oceans water areas, analyzing the aircraft flight conditions, climate and heliogeophysical environment monitoring in the near-Earth space, ionosphere and the Earth's magnetic field, as well as natural disaster and ecological situation control.


Yuri Gektin, Chief Designer, RSS Earth’s remote sensing spacecraft development deputy head: Meteor-M No.1 was put out of commission at the sixth year of operation; however, it still remains under control of the Chief Designer department and transmits valuable information about onboard equipment operation and satellite systems that exceeded active life period.


Press-service of Roscosmos []