Proton-M to Put Elektro-L Hydrometeorological Satellite into Orbit
Russia will use the newest Proton-M carrier rocket instead of the Russian-Ukrainian Zenit carrier rocket to place the third Elektro-L hydrometeorological satellite into orbit. This was announced by NPO Lavochkin Director General Viktor Khartov.
“The satellite will be put into orbit by means of the Proton-M carrier rocket. We have only to adapt this spacecraft to the rocket. The second Elektro-L hydrometeorological satellite will be put into orbit by means of the Zenit carrier rocket as planned,” Mr. Khartov said, adding that the new satellites will be launched with the Proton rocket.
It was earlier reported that a total of three Elektro-L spacecraft would be placed into orbit. The first satellite was launched in early 2011. The second and third spacecraft are due to be launched in 2015 and 2016 respectively.