BackForward Satellite Programme: Meteor-3M 

Programme details
Programme description
  • Series of 9 operational meteorological satellites, including the prototype (Meteor-3M), 5 referred to as Meteor-M and 3 referred to as Meteor-MP.
  • Follow-on of the Meteor-2 series.  Main improvements: sunsynchronous orbit and many more instruments. more performing.
  • Responsible agency, RosHydroMet, with Roscosmos responsible of the development of the space segment.
  • 3-axis stabilised platform.
  • The design life time of the satellites is 5 years.
  • Exploiting synsynchronous orbits around 9:30 and 15:30.
  • Meteor-M3, mainly addressing oceanography, has a different orbit.
  • See detailed description at
Data circulation
  • DA (Data Acquisition station) to acquire onboard-stored global data.
  • HRPT (Advanced High Resolution Picture Transmission) for real-time broadcasting of full-resolution data.
  • LRPT (Low Resolution Picture Transmission) for real-time broadcasting of a selection of images and other data.
  • ORC (Onboard Radio Complex) for data relay from Data Collection Platforms (DCP).
Agencies RosHydroMetRoscosmos
Programme lifetime 2001 - 2043