Meteor-M satellites are a new generation of Russian meteorological satellites to replace the Meteor-3M series. The first two Meteor-M satellites will feature following instruments: - MSU-MR - Low-resolution Multispectral Scanner for global and regional for cloud cover mapping - KMSS-2 - multichannel scanning unit for Earth surface monitoring - MTVZA-GYa - imager/sounder for Atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles, sea surface wind - IKFS-2 advanced IR sounder for Atmospheric temperature and humidity profiles - BRK SSPD - Data Collection System - RK-SM-MKA - Modified Rescue Radio complex One initial Meteor-M 1 satellite was built, followed by the improved Meteor-M 2 series satellites. 42 cubesats from various Russian and international organizations will be launched as co-passengers.
Soyuz-2, GRAU index 14A14, is the collective designation for the 21st-century version of the Russian Soyuz rocket. In its basic form, it is a three-stage carrier rocket for placing payloads into low Earth orbit. The first-stage boosters and two core stages feature uprated engines with improved injection systems, compared to the previous versions of the Soyuz. Digital flight control and telemetry systems allow the rocket to be launched from a fixed launch platform, whereas the launch platforms for earlier Soyuz rockets had to be rotated as the rocket could not perform a roll to change its heading in flight.
Progress Rocket Space Centre, formerly known as TsSKB-Progress, is a space science and aerospace research company which is known for manufacturing launch vehicles and satellites. Most notably, Progress Rocket Space Centre is the manufacturer of Soyuz launch vehicles.INFO WIKI
Four launches are planned for the week of June 24 to July 1. The Russians are planning to launch a Meteor weather satellite aboard a Soyuz rocket on Tuesday, June 27, and Virgin Galactic plans to fly its Galactic 01 crewed suborbital missi…