Soyuz 2-1b Fregat M launches Arktika-M 1 arctic meteorological research sat

by | Mar 1, 2021 | Launches, Russia, Satellites, Science, Seradata News, Soyuz

Russia successfully launched a Soyuz 2-1b Fregat M vehicle carrying the Arktika-M 1 satellite into a highly inclined elongated Molniya orbit at 0655 GMT on 28 February 2021. The Arktika-M 1 satellite was built by NPO Lavotchkin for the Roshydromet (Russian Weather Service) and will mainly be used to provide meteorological data about the Arctic region. Apart from a meteorological imaging payload the satellite carries a store-forward communications instrument to relay data collected by remote weather measurement posts and buoys. The satellite also carries a Search and Rescue instrument for the Cospas/Sarsat organisation.

Soyuz 2-1b/Fregat M launch of Arktika-M 1. Courtesy: Roscosmos

David Todd contributed to this story

 

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