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RSC Energia: successful tests of Meteor-M spacecraft

October 10, 2017

Corporation Energia performed successful leak tests of hydrometeorological spacecraft (SC) No. 2-1 developed by JSC VNIIEM Corporation.

The tests were conducted in a thermal vacuum chamber using a helium procedure in a 24-hour mode for three days jointly with representatives of JSC VNIIEM Corporation under the supervision of SC Roscosmos.

The use of the helium procedure ensures the highest sensitivity and accuracy of the leak tests in vacuum.

After the leak tests, helium was removed from SC with dry compressed air.

The launch of Meteor-M № 2-1 in planned for November, 2017. It will be put into orbit by Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with Fregat upper stage.


The Meteor-M SC No. 2-1 is intended for obtaining:

  • global and local images of clouds, the Earth surface, ice and snow cover in the visible IR and microwave (including centimeter) ranges;
  • data for determining the sea surface temperature and the radiation temperature of the underlying surface;
  • data on the distribution of ozone in the atmosphere and its total content;
  • data for determining the total content of small gas components of the atmosphere;
  • data on the spectral density of the energy brightness of outgoing radiation for determining the vertical temperature and humidity profiles in the atmosphere, as well as for estimating components of the radiation balance of the Earth-atmosphere system.

RSC Energia is a leading enterprise in rocket and space industry, the prime organization for manned space systems. The Corporation is working on the development of unmanned space and rocket systems (launch vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles), high-tech systems for various non-space applications. Since August 2014, the Corporation is headed by Vladimir Solntsev.

SC ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation that was established in August 2015 to implement a comprehensive reform of the Russian rocket-and-space industry. State Corporation ROSCOSMOS ensures the implementation of the state policy in the field of space activities and its legal regulation and also places orders for the development, manufacture and delivery of space equipment and space infrastructure objects. The State Corporation is also responsible for international space cooperation in the space sphere and the creation of conditions for using the results of space activities in the social and economic development of Russia.

JSC VNIIEM Corporation is a leading enterprise in the field of the development of space technology. The Corporations performs work on creation of space complexes and systems including the whole spectrum of work, beginning with the development of the ground automated hardware-software complexes for SC tests, the required ground support equipment, separate devices intended for service and scientific purposes and ending with the development of spacecraft, its integration into the space complex with support of the launch and the subsequent operation. The sphere of the Corporation activity includes the tasks for the whole area of earth remote sensing (ERS): from hydrometeorology, scientific investigation of the planet and the environment to mapping and monitoring of emergency situations.





October 14, 2017
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-07 is launched.
September 13, 2017
LV Soyuz-FG with SC Soyuz MS-06 is launched.

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