Meteor M-N2 now active again

According to various reports the Russian Meteor M-N2 satellite appears to be active again once more. The Meteor M N-2 is a polar orbiting Russian weather satellite that was launched in July 2014. It transmits with the LRPT protocol which allows us to receive weather satellite images with an RTL-SDR that are of a much higher resolution than the NOAA APT satellites. 

Unfortunately late last year Meteor M N-2 had some problems and LRPT transmissions were turned off for the time being. During this downtime the Russian space agency switched the LRPT transmitter on the older Meteor M N-1 satellite back on, even though the satellite was tumbling in orbit. Currently people are not reporting any signal from Meteor M N-1, so this may have been turned off, perhaps temporarily.

Now however, it seems that Meteor M N-2 has been switched back on again and various people have already successfully received its signal. If you want to receive these Meteor M N-2 weather images with an RTL-SDR dongle or other SDR then you can view the tutorial written by Happysat here.

Another Sample LRPT Image
A Sample LRPT Image from Meteor M N-2

2 comments

  1. Happysat

    MCC is currently busy with the task to maintain the thermal and electric power of Meteor M-N1 in the hope that the previous failure will manifest itself again and will build the spacecraft in orbit.
    All other systems fully operational!
    LRPT imaging service is NOT started yet.

    • Lucas Teske

      Yeah, I tested here now. Both N1 and N2 passed over my place, and I couldn’t get any signal from them. :/ – I will need to wait to capture a LRPT signal

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