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Meteor 3-6/PRARE

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Mission Photos:

METEOR-3 Series Satellite
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Mission Objectives:

The Meteor 3-6/PRARE satellite is the sixth in the Russian Meteor-3 series of meteorological satellites launched in 1994. These satellites provide weather information including data on clouds, ice and snow cover, atmospheric radiation and humidity. The Meteor-3 class of satellites orbit in a higher altitude than the Meteor-2 class of satellites thus providing more complete coverage of the earth's surface. The Meteor-3 has the same payload as the Meteor-2 but also includes an advanced scanning radiometer with better spectral and spatial resolution and a spectrometer for determining total ozone content. Meteorological data is transmitted to four primary sites in the former Soviet Union in conjunction with about 80 other smaller sites.

Mission Instrumentation:

Meteor-3-6 has the following instrumentation onboard:

  • Scanning TV-sensor
  • Visible light and infrared radiometers
  • Scanning infrared radiometer
  • Ozone Mapper
  • Precise Range and Range-Rate Equipment (PRARE)
  • Retroreflector array
Mission Parameters:
Sponsor: Russia
Expected Life: several years, no longer supported
Primary Applications: weather monitoring
Primary SLR Applications: precision orbit determination
COSPAR ID: 9400301
SIC Code: 0307
Satellite Catalog (NORAD) Number: 22969
Launch Date: January 24, 1994
RRA Diameter: 28 cm
RRA Shape: Box-wing; annulus
Reflectors: 24 corner cubes
Orbit: circular
Inclination: 82.6
Eccentricity: 0.0001
Perigee: 1180 km
Period: 109 minutes
Weight: unknown

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