Elektro-L is a range of Russian geostationary weather satellites. Elektro-L1 and L2 were launched in 2011 and 2015 respectively, and Elektro-L3 was launched more recently in December 2019. Currently only Elektro-L2 and L3 are in operation. Like it's NOAA GOES, Himawari and GK-2A cousins, Elektro-L satellites beam back full disk images of the entire earth. Elektro-L2 is positioned to cover South America, Africa and Europe, whilst Elektro-L3 covers the East of Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East, Asia and the West of Australia.
Recently @aang254 has been Tweeting that he has managed to get an Elektro-L decoder working. The decoder is open source and available on GitHub and Windows builds are already available. He notes that he's still working on the demodulator, but that should be released tomorrow. This decoder is great news as now Europeans now have an opportunity to receive full disk images. There is no full guide yet on how to use the decoder, but we expect that one will be released soon.
We note that according to wmo-sat.info the Elektro-L satellites transmit at ~1693 MHz, and have a 2 MHz wide HRIT and 200 kHz wide LRIT mode. So the signals should be able to be received with an RTL-SDR and appropriate LNA. EDIT: Unfortunately it seems that wmo-sat.info may have incorrect information, and that Elektro-L requires X-Band hardware to receive these images. While not totally impossible, an X-Band satellite SDR setup is a bit more difficult to put together compared to the L-band SDR setup used by GOES and GK-2A.
Published my ELEKTRO-L Decoder (early release)!— Aang254 (@aang254) September 19, 2020
You can find it here under GPLv3, it takes synced derandomized CADUs as input, but I'll add in a demodulator tomorrow no worries!
Windows builds included already!https://t.co/Txh22PZ2cG
ELEKTRO-L 2 Decoding : Sucess! Here's a full disk pic!— Aang254 (@aang254) September 19, 2020
Now cleaning up my decoders so they are usable by someone else... (And maybe also decode all channels to get RGB?) pic.twitter.com/X5c1YUyEOo
It may not be perfect on IR, but it works! Here are all 9 ELEKTRO-L channels (MSU-GS)!— Aang254 (@aang254) September 20, 2020
I can upload full resolution images if someone is interested.
Decoder update published as well!https://t.co/Txh22PZ2cG pic.twitter.com/i3mFIT7alU