Monday, 23 January 2012: 11:30 AM
STATUS and Plans of Russian Meteorological Satellite PROGRAM (invited)
Room 245 (New Orleans Convention Center )
The status of Russian meteorological satellite programs is presented together with short-term plans on future activities. According to the Federal Space Program 2006-2015, Roshydromet together with Roscosmos developed and supported national satellite Earth observation system. The emphasis is placed on the ongoing development of national weather satellite system. The completion of manufacturing the first spacecrafts of polar-orbiting (METEOR series) and geostationary (ELECTRO series) meteorological satellites is underway. The first new generation meteorological polar-orbiting satellite Meteor-M N1 was successfully launched in 2009. This year our next geostationary satellite Electro-L N1 was also launched. The commissioning phase is now in progress. The schedule for the future developments is presented. With respect to short-term plans the presentation is focused on the innovative Roscosmos/Roshydromet project concerning the development of ARCTIC satellite system with two spacecrafts on high-elliptical orbits (“Molnija”-type). The main payload of these future satellites should include the scanner-imager similar to that of ELECTRO. The ARCTIC satellites will complement existing system of geostationary meteorological satellites and will provide continuous monitoring of the Earth high latitudes (including production of AMWs etc.). Also described are the development and operations preparation of the Roshydromet ground segment. Satellite data management in Roshydromet is being carried out by SRC Planeta. The ground segment consists of three major centers of SRC Planeta: European (Moscow, Dolgoprudny, Obninsk), Syberian (Novosibirsk) and Far-East center (Khabarovsk). All these centers are managed by one main center in Moscow. This structure allows us to cover all the territory of Russian Federation and is the largest and most complicated space observation system in Russia. In SRC Planeta we are receiving and processing data from more than 16 different meteorological and environmental satellites. There is more than 150 types of products generated daily for over 400 users around Russia. Following the international agreements with WMO and EUMETSAT, SRC Planeta joined the EARS system (EUMETSAT Advanced Retransmission Service) which provides operative access to the satellite data over the Northern hemisphere. Some examples of informational products based on international and Meteor-M N1 data are presented together with the first results of Electro-L mission.