|Start of mission|
|Launch date||02 November 2010|
|Launch site||Plesetsk 43/4|
|Semi-major axis||26,556 kilometres (16,501 mi)|
|Perigee altitude||2,165 kilometres (1,345 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||38,191 kilometres (23,731 mi)|
|Epoch||27 July 2014|
Meridian 3 (Russian: Меридиан-3), also known as Meridian No.13L, was a Russian communications satellite. It was the third satellite to be launched as part of the Meridian system, which will replace the older Molniya series.
Meridian 3 was launched by a Soyuz-2 rocket. The Soyuz-2.1a configuration was used, along with a Fregat-M upper stage. The launch occurred from Site 43/4 at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at 00:58:39 GMT on 2 November 2010.
It was constructed by ISS Reshetnev and is believed to be based on the Uragan-M satellite bus, which has also been used for GLONASS navigation satellites. It operates in a Molniya orbit with a perigee of 900 kilometres (560 mi), an apogee of 39,000 kilometres (24,000 mi), and 65° inclination.