It was a Friday bright sunny morning, the date being 5th of July 2019 when Russia got success in launching its Soyuz rocket. This rocket consists of the Meteor M2-2 which is a weather satellite by its and attributes. Along with it, Russia also launched thirty-two other satellites which are much smaller in size into the orbit.
So what exactly is the Meteor M2-2? This Meteor works as a remote sensing satellite. It belongs to the Meteor-M series and is the third one in the row. Russia has been launching such weather satellite into space. The first one which was called Meteor-M No1 was launched by Russia in the year 2009. the next one which was called the Meteor M2 was launched in the year 2014. The original Meteor M2 was launched with the intention of a mission which would last for at least five years by Russia. The number three satellite, Meteor2-1 was eventually could not be found due to the failure which was faced by Russia in the year 2017.
Coming to the launching of Meteor M2-2, the rocket was launched from the Vostochny Cosmodrome located in the eastern part of Russia, timed to at 8.41 a.m. (1:41 a.m. EDT, or 0541 GMT). According to the officials who work with the Roscosmos, which is one of the well known Russia’s agency for space reported that the Russian Meteor M2-2 is a weather satellite. This satellite will provide the Russian meteorologists with pictures of clouds, the Earth’s surface, places which are covered by ice, as well as the exact report of the amount of humidity present in a particular place including the correct temperature of the place.
It has also been reported that the rest of the small satellites, a total number of thirty-two satellites that were launched on the rocket along with the Meteor M2-2 actually belonged to twelve other countries. These country are France, Germany, the U.S., and Sweden. Additionally, there are also three Russian CubeSats.
This post was originally published on Space Market Research