Russia launched European meteo satellite.
On September 17, 2012 at16:28 UTC the "Soyuz – 2.1a” rocket-carrier was launched from Baykonur Cosmodrome. The rocket equipped with the "Fregat” booster orbited the European "MetOp-B” meteorological satellite.
The satellite is the second in a series of three European polar orbiting weather satellites, designed and manufactured by Astrium to provide a broad range of measurements vital to weather forecasting and climate monitoring.
The 4100 kg satellite has been designed to operate in orbit for five years.
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