Russia Launches Weather Satellite Just in Time for Christmas

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, KAZAKHSTAN – In a Christmas present to the Russian people, the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched the Electro-L 3 geostationary weather satellite on Dec. 24 aboard a Proton rocket, finishing out their flight year. This is the third Electro-L satellite, with the first being launched in 2011, and the second being launched in 2015. The Electro-L 3 satellite will be stationed at 165.8 East longitude, giving it a great view of Eastern Russia and the Pacific Basin.

Engineers prepare Electro-L 3 for integration with the Proton rocket in December 2019. (Image credit: Roscosmos)