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Article Number: 11F652. Code Name: GOMS. Class: Earth. Type: Weather. Nation: USSR. Manufacturer: VNIIEM.

Geosynchronous meteorological satellite. Flight trials of Meteor-2 began reasonably well, but delays were encountered due to the technological base at VNIIEM and Istra. Therefore a resolution of 4 June 1970 ordered VNIIEM to develop a parallel design of another meteosat for the hydrology office alone. This was not put into production. In its place a resolution of 16 December 1972 ordered development of a third generation system. This used the Planeta-S sensor package in the non-co-orbital Meteor-3 system plus the geostationary system Elektro, which was to begin tests in 1982. Elektro suffered numerous delays due to equipment and software problems, and went through two heads of development (Andronik Iosifiyan and Vladimir Adasko). Flight trials of Meteor-3 did not begin until 1984, and there was only a single launch of Elektro, in 1994. After a long time it was not put into use. The whole project was finally cancelled, the reason being the incompetent head of development at VNIIEM.


Specification

Total Mass: 2,580 kg.


Elektro Chronology


16 December 1972 Elektro, Meteor-3 weather satellites authorised

Military-Industrial Commission (VPK) Decree 'On establishment of the Planeta-S weather satellite system' was issued. The resolution ordered development of a third generation system. This used the Planeta-S sensor package in the non-co-orbital Meteor-3 system plus the geostationary system Elektro, which was to begin tests in 1982. Elektro suffered numerous delays due to equipment and software problems. Flight trials of Meteor-3 did not begin until 1984, and there was only a single launch of Elektro, in 1994.


31 October 1994 Elektro Launch Site: Baikonur . Launch Vehicle: Proton 8K82K / 11S861. Mass: 2,850 kg. Perigee: 35,776 km. Apogee: 35,797 km. Inclination: 1.0 deg.

Stationed at 76.61 deg E.



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