Meteor-M No.2-1

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Meteor-M No.2-1
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Mission type Weather
Operator Roscosmos/Roshydromet
COSPAR ID 2014-037A
SATCAT no. 40069Edit this on Wikidata
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer VNIIEM
Payload mass 2,700 kg
Start of mission
Launch date 28 November 2017 (2017-11-28Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-2.1b/Fregat
Launch site Vostochny 1S
End of mission
Disposal Failed launch
Deactivated 28 November 2017 (2017-11-29Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous

Meteor-M No.2-1 (Russian: Метеор-М №2-1), was a Russian satellite, part of Meteor-M series of polar-orbit weather satellite[1]. It was launched using Soyuz-2.1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage on 28 November 2017; the satellite failed to separate from the Fregat and communication was later lost.[2] The cause of failure was determined to be faulty programming. The satellite was programmed with a launch point of Baikonur Cosmodrome, while in actuality it was launched from Vostochny Cosmodrome.[3] This caused the satellite to enter an incorrect orbit.[4]

This was the second launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome.


  1. ^ SOYUZ 2-1B • METEOR-M NO. 2-1.
  2. ^ Andrew Griffin (28 November 2017). "Russia loses contact with Meteor satellite launched hours earlier, says space agency". The Independent. 
  3. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (4 January 2018). "Russia Lost a $45 Million Weather Satellite Due to Human Error, Official Says". Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  4. ^ Foust, Jeff (28 November 2017). "Russia Loses Contact with Satellites After Soyuz Rocket Launch". Retrieved 4 January 2018.