Russia will launch the first Arktika-M satellite for monitoring the Arctic climate and environment at the end of 2020.
At present, the first satellite has been developed and has been tested by radio electronics. It is planned to launch from Baikonur launch site on December 9th. The satellite will be launched using the Soyuz 2.1.1 carrier rocket with free gate booster.
The second satellite is still under development and is scheduled to be launched in 2023. Arktika-M Remote Sensing and Emergency Communication Satellite will collect meteorological data in the polar regions of the earth, improve the weather forecast level, and enable scientists to better study climate change.