Meteor-M No.2-1


Meteor-M No.2-1
Meteor-M 2.jpeg
Mission typeWeather
COSPAR ID2019-038A
SATCAT no.44387Edit this on Wikidata
Spacecraft properties
Payload mass2,700 kg
Start of mission
Launch date28 November 2017 (2017-11-28Z) UTC
Launch siteVostochny 1S
End of mission
DisposalFailed launch
Deactivated28 November 2017 (2017-11-29Z) UTC
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric

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, instead of the Vostochny Cosmodrome[3] causing the satellite to enter an incorrect orbit.[4] This was the second launch from the Vostochny Cosmodrome, the first civilian launch site in Russia.[5]

In addition to the ₽2.6bn Meteor-M weather satellite, 18 other scientific, research and commercial satellites from Russia, Norway, Sweden, the US, Japan, Canada and Germany were lost as well.[5]


  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.
  5. ^ a b Reuters (2017-12-28). "Russian satellite lost after being set to launch from wrong spaceport". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-11-03.