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ELEKTRO-L

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    ELEKTRO-L can be found in the following categories:
    Weather
    Geostationary

    NORAD ID: 37344
    Int'l Code: 2011-001A
    Perigee: 35,787.8 km
    Apogee: 35,798.1 km
    Inclination: 0.6 °
    Period: 1,436.1 minutes
    Semi major axis: 42163 km
    Launch date: January 20, 2011
    Source: Commonwealth of Independent States (former USSR) (CIS)
    Comments: The Electro-L satellite is Russia's second high-altitude weather observatory, coming after a troubled mission launched in 1994 that never achieved all of its goals The next-generation Electro-L program faced years of delays because of interruptions in funding. The Electro-L spacecraft will function for up to 10 years, collecting weather imagery several times per hour with visible and infrared cameras. The satellite's position in geosynchronous orbit will yield views the entire Earth disk, allowing its weather sensors to observe storm systems across a wide swath of Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean. Electro-L 1 will be parked at 76 degrees east longitude, appearing fixed over a point in the Indian Ocean. The satellite will also study space weather phenomena and provide communications for search-and-rescue services. It carries nearly 1,000 pounds (454 kg) of scientific and communications equipment. The Electro-L project joins an international network of geosynchronous weather satellites, which includes missions led by the United States, Europe, Japan, China and India. Electro-L 1 is also named GOMS No. 2, short for Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite.

    Two Line Element Set (TLE):

    1 37344U 11001A   14331.77484744 -.00000102  00000-0  00000+0 0  1514
    2 37344 000.5614 080.6855 0001226 213.3889 127.5425 01.00274572 14162
    
    
    Source: AFSPC

    NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog entry for ELEKTRO-L

     
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