Satellite Meridian-3 of Military Space Forces (VKS)

Name of Satellite, Alternate Names Meridian-3
Country of Operator/Owner Russia
Operator/Owner Military Space Forces (VKS)
Users Military
Purpose Communications
Class of Orbit Elliptical
Type of Orbit Molniya
Longitude of GEO (degrees) 0
Perigee (km) 961
Apogee (km) 39388
Eccentricity 0.723822260731978
Inclination (degrees) 62.8
Period (minutes) 645.98
Launch Mass (kg.) 2500
Dry Mass (kg.)
Power (watts)
Date of Launch 02-11-2010
Expected Lifetime
Contractor PO Polyot
Country of Contractor Russia
Launch Site Plesetsk Cosmodrome
Launch Vehicle Soyuz 2-1a
COSPAR Number 2010-058A
NORAD Number 37212
Comments Military communications - designed to replace Molniya and Parus spacecraft; this is the third of the series, first success.


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