METEOR-M 2 Satellite Images over Sri Lanka
One of the best satellite image qualities that I found so far. Please click on the image below for a high resolution image which is captured on 27 Mar 2016 at 04:10:05 GMT. Click here to access gallery of images captured by my home receiver.
What is Meteor-M 2?
The 2,778-kilogram Meteor-M No. 2-1 satellite (a.k.a. Meteor-M2) was designed to watch global weather, the ozone layer, the ocean surface temperature and ice conditions to facilitate shipping in polar regions and to monitor radiation environment in the near-Earth space.
The payload package on board Meteor-M No. 2 includes:
- Multi-channel imaging scanner, MSU-MR
- Multi-channel imaging complex, KMSS
- Ultra-high frequency temperature and humidity radiometer, MTVZA-GYa
- Infrared Fourier spectrometer, IKFS-2
- Radar complex, BRLK Severyanin
- Heliophysics instrument complex, GGAK-M
- Radio relay complex, BRK SSPD
The satellite was designed to operate in orbit for five years. It will become the second spacecraft in the Meteor-3M network, complementing the Meteor-M No. 1 satellite, which was launched on Sept. 17, 2009. In addition, the Russian space program funds the development of the two similar Meteor-M No. 2-1 and 2-2 satellites, as well as the Meteor-M No. 3 satellite, which is custom-designed to carry a phased-array radar for high resolution observations of the ocean surface. All spacecraft in the series were developed by the Moscow-based VNIIEM corporation based on its Resurs-UKP platform.