#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The Arktika-M hydrometeorological satellite launched into orbit in February, the first polar satellite for monitoring the climate in the Arctic zone, will start operating in the autumn. This is reported by the official publication of Roskosmos – the Russian Space magazine.
The satellite is equipped with a set of target equipment that will allow to conduct an all-weather survey of the Earth’s surface and the seas of the Arctic Ocean around the clock and maintain constant and reliable communication. Arktika M weighs 2.2 tons, is capable of flying over the planet at an altitude of 40 thousand kilometers and, as if hovering over the pole, descend to an altitude of one and a half thousand kilometers from the Earth.
The satellite is currently undergoing orbital tests. According to Valery Zaichko, deputy director of the Roscosmos Navigation Space Systems Department, the launch of the second satellite is scheduled for 2023.
Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Roscosmos