Revealed On 28 February,2021 04:35 pm
Russia launches satellite tv for pc to observe local weather in Arctic
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia launched its house satellite tv for pc Arktika-M on Sunday on a mission to observe the local weather and setting within the Arctic amid a push by the Kremlin to increase the nation’s actions within the area.
The Arctic has warmed greater than twice as quick as the worldwide common during the last three many years and Moscow is looking for to develop the energy-rich area, investing within the Northern Sea Route for delivery throughout its lengthy northern flank as ice melts.
The satellite tv for pc efficiently reached its meant orbit after being launched from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome by a Soyuz rocket, Dmitry Rogozin, the pinnacle of Russia’s Roscosmos house company, mentioned in a put up on Twitter.
Russia plans to ship up a second satellite tv for pc in 2023 and, mixed, the 2 will provide round the clock, all-weather monitoring of the Arctic Ocean and the floor of the Earth, Roscosmos mentioned.
The Arktika-M can have a extremely elliptical orbit that passes excessive over northern latitudes permitting it to observe northern areas for prolonged intervals earlier than it loops again down underneath Earth.
On the proper orbit, the satellite tv for pc will have the ability to monitor and take photographs each 15-Half-hour of the Arctic, which may’t be repeatedly noticed by satellites that orbit above the Earth’s equator, Roscosmos mentioned.
The satellite tv for pc may also have the ability to retransmit misery indicators from ships, plane or individuals in distant areas as a part of the worldwide Cospas-Sarsat satellite-based search and rescue programme, Roscosmos mentioned.
“As extra exercise takes place within the Arctic and because it strikes into greater latitudes, bettering climate and ice forecasting skills is essential,” mentioned Mia Bennett, a geographer on the College of Hong Kong.
“There’s additionally a component of information nationalism that’s feeding into all this. Nations, particularly those who see themselves as house powers, need to have the ability to depend on their very own satellites and information to tell their actions, whether or not business or army in nature,” she mentioned.