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Electro-L1

NSSDCA/COSPAR ID: 2011-001A

Description

Electro-L1, a Russian weather satellite, was launched from Baikonur on 20 January 2011 at 12:29 UT by a Zenit rocket. Electro-L1 is also known as GOMS 2, or Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite 2. Electro-L1 will capture real-time images of clouds and storm systems, collecting weather imagery several times per hour with visible and infrared cameras. The satellite's position in geosynchronous orbit will yield views of the entire Earth disk, allowing its weather sensors to observe storm systems across a wide swath of Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. The satellite will also study space weather phenomena and provide communications for search-and-rescue services. The satellite weighs 1701 kg and will be parked at 76° E longitude. It is expected to function for up to ten years.

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2011-01-20
    Launch Vehicle: Zenit
    Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

    Funding Agency

    • Unknown (Russia)

    Discipline

    • Earth Science

    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

     
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