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Meridian-M (14F112M)

Meridian [NPO PM]
Meridian-M similar

Meridian-M is an improved version of the Meridian communications satellites reported to be the replacement for all the Molniya-1T, the Molniya-3 and Molniya-3K satellite series and possibly also for the communication component of the Parus. They are launched into highly eccentric Molniya-orbits.

Meridian is the highly eccentric orbit (HEO) component of the Integrated Satellite Communications System (ISSS), where they work in conjunction with the geostationary Raduga-1M (Globus-M) satellites.

The bus structure is reportedly pressurized, possibly based on the Uragan-M bus. Meridian satellites carry three transponders operating in different frequency bands.

The Meridian series was to end with the seventh launch. It was to replaced by a new series beginning in 2016, which will feature unpressurized busses. Instead, in February 2016, a new batch of four similar but slightly improved Meridian-M satellites was ordered, with the first to be launched in 2018. The first of these was launched in July 2019.

Nation: Russia
Type / Application: Communication
Operator:
Contractors: ISS Reshetnev (ex NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki, NPO PM)
Equipment:
Configuration: 3-Axis stabilized Uragan-M bus ?
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime: 7 years
Mass: > 2000 kg
Orbit: 900 km × 39000 km; 65
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Meridian-M 8 (18L) 2019-046A 30.09.2019 Pl LC-43/4 Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M
Meridian-M 9 (19L) - 2019 Pl Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M
Meridian-M 10 (20L) - 20xx Pl Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M
Meridian-M 11 (21L) - 20xx Pl Soyuz-2-1a Fregat-M
Further Meridian missions: