MOSCOW, February 28. / TAX /. The Soyuz 2.1 b rocket will be launched from Sunday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Together with the Fregat booster, it will bring the Arctic monitoring satellite Arktika-M into orbit. Departure is scheduled for 09:55 Moscow time. Bringing the spacecraft into orbit will take more than two hours.
The minimum line of the Arktika-M hydrometeorological space system should include two satellites. The devices will provide round-the-clock all-season monitoring of the Earth’s surface and seas of the Arctic Ocean, as well as constant and reliable communication.
These satellites will be able to broadcast panoramic images of the Earth’s northern polar region and adjacent areas at least every 15-30 minutes.
Earlier, the head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin said that his agency had agreed with the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) to explore the possibilities so that the first two Arktika- M “were not to become the only spacecraft.”.
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