The Meteor-3M spacecraft series represented a follow-up to the Meteor-3 series to provide a modernization of Russia's national meteorological satellite system sponsored by Roskosmos.
The overall objective are environmental monitoring in the following fields:
On Meteor-3M-1 carried the US instrument SAGE-3, which was flown as a joint mission of Rosaviakosmos and NASA. A corresponding cooperative agreement was approved by the Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission on 16 December 1994.
The Meteor-3M-1 sensor complement consists of the following instruments: MR-2000-M1; KLIMAT; MIVZA; MTVZA; MSU-E; SAGE-III; SFM-2; KGI-4C, and MSGI-5EI.
Meteor-3M-1 was successfully launched on Dec. 10, 2001. It stopped functioning on 6 March 2006 due to a breakdown of its power supply system resulting in a loss of communications with the spacecraft. - The spacecraft (with a design life of 3 years) provided over 4 years of successful operations.
It was planned for the Meteor-3M series to combine the meteorological observations of the Meteor-3 series with the Earth-surface observations of the Resurs-O1 series, starting with Meteor-3M-2 with an originally planned launch in 2007.
The Meteor-3M-2 sensor complement was to consist of the following instruments: MTVZA, MSU-MR (2 instruments), MSU-SR (2 instruments), IKFS-2, MSGI-MKA, KGS-4S, a DCS (Data Collection System), RRA (RetroReflector Array), and SAGE-III of NASA/LaRC.
The Meteor-3M series was cancelled after the first mission in favor of the Meteor-M series.
|Type / Application:||Meteorology|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|Lifetime:||3 years (design), 4 years (achieved)|
|Orbit:||996 km × 1016 km, 99.65°|
|Meteor-3M 1||2001-056A||10.12.2001||Ba LC-45/1||Zenit-2||with Kompass, Badr B, Maroc-Tubsat, Reflector|
|Meteor-3M 2||-||cancelled||Ba LC-45/1||Zenit-2|
|Meteor-3M 3||-||cancelled||Ba LC-45/1||Zenit-2|
|Meteor-3M 4||-||cancelled||Ba LC-45/1||Zenit-2|