The fourth meteorological satellite “Electro-L” was put into orbit. On Sunday, February 5, Roskosmos reports.
“The satellite was launched from Baikonur at 12:12:52 Moscow time by a Proton-M carrier with a DM-03 upper stage. The launch vehicles worked in the normal mode, ”the state corporation said in a Telegram message.
The satellite can send independent weather data from Earth’s orbit every 15–30 minutes. Thus, it will improve the quality and speed of weather forecasts, as well as solve global climate monitoring issues. In addition, it will be used to issue storm and emergency warnings.
The satellite was launched into orbit earlier that day by a Proton-M launch vehicle 9 minutes 45 seconds after launch. “Electro-L” remained at an altitude of 35.4 thousand km above the Earth, and the upper stage DM-03 should independently return to geostationary orbit. Roscosmos noted that this was the first Russian space launch in 2023.
Currently, two Elektro-L satellites are operating in orbit, which were launched into orbit in 2016 and 2019. Another such satellite should go into orbit in 2024.
On February 4, Roscosmos showed the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Progress MS-22 cargo ship, decorated for the 80th anniversary of the victory in the Battle of Stalingrad. Its removal to the launch complex of the Baikonur Cosmodrome is scheduled for February 5, and the launch is scheduled for 9:15 Moscow time on February 9.