Roscosmos State Corporation has successfully launched its first ever Arctic-monitoring satellite that will monitor the Arctic’s climate and environment.

Roscosmos blasted off the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket which is also carrying the Arktika-M satellite on board. Soyuz-2.1b was blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome (Spaceport) in Kazakhstan on 28th February 2021. The Arktika-M spacecraft was launched to the orbit later.

Applications of the Arktika-M satellite

The development of the Arktika-M satellite system in the highly elliptical orbits is required to collect the information in order to solve the operational meteorology problems as well as the hydrology problems. Arktika-M satellite will also monitor climate and environment of the Arctic region. The satellite will be providing round-the-clock continuous monitoring over the northern territory of Russia as well. It will also transmit the overview images of Earth’s northern polar region and the adjoining areas every 15-30 minutes.


  • The Arktika-M satellite is one among a series of planned Russian remote-sensing and emergency communications satellites.
  • The Arktika-M satellite is operating in the highly elliptical 12-hour orbit.
  • Constellation of two Arktika-M satellites has also been designed to monitor the high-latitude areas of the Earth.
  • Arktika-M satellite will be based on the Lavochkin Elektro-L meteorological satellite.
  • The payload of the satellite comprises of MSU-GSM multi-spectral imager along with the transmitters for meteorological systems and rescue systems. The first launch for the satellite was scheduled for 2013 but it has been delayed and was launched in the year 2021.


The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities of Russian Federation which is involved in the space flights, aerospace research and cosmonautics programs. The Space agency was emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1991. It was initially established as the Russian Space Agency, in the year 1992. The headquarters of Roscosmos is located in Moscow (Capital of Russia). It has its main Mission Control Center located in the nearby city Korolyov,

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