– Meteorological spacecraft “meteor-M” number 1 has failed. About TASS reported in the Corporation “VNIIEM”, which produced a satellite.
“There was a failure in one of the onboard systems of the device. The apparatus has been withdrawn on research,” — said the Agency interlocutor. The company said that the device worked for seven years, with a planned lifespan was five years.
A source in the rocket and space industry explained that the satellite system has failed orientation and he started to spin uncontrollable. According to him, now experts are trying to fix the problem.
“Meteor-M” No. 1 launched in autumn 2009. In October 2014, it was taken out of operational use.
As noted on the website of Roskosmos, now orbital constellation of the Russian space system of remote sensing (RS) consists of five units: “Resurs-DK1, meteor-M” №1, “Electro-L” №1, “kanopus-V and Resurs-P” №1 and “meteor-M” №2.
In the summer of 2014, the Federal Agency reported that “meteor-M” №2 will replace “meteor-M” №1, who at that time worked for the entire warranty period of active existence.