On Sunday, Russia proved to be one of the world’s technologically endowed nations after it launched its Arktika-M, a space satellite on the first mission to monitor climate and environment in the arctic.
This was after a move by the Kremlin to expand the country’s actions in the region. There is a need to monitor the Arctic because it can lead to adverse climatic conditions when disrupted to some levels.
For instance, we have seen how the USA, with all its advanced infrastructures, cannot restore normality in Texas after a winter storm that hit the state. The Texas Storm left many people without power and other essentials. Such extreme weather conditions are attributed to Arctic-like temperatures and heavy snow.
Russia is currently trying to record or learn about its weather condition patterns to avoid a similar predicament affecting the country. With the push to have the space satellite sent into the Arctic, they will monitor and foresee climate changes. They are now at the forefront of avoiding climate-related calamities that could be unpredictable.
For the last three decades, the Arctic has warmed more than twice, and the figures are above the global average. That’s why Moscow wants to develop an energy-rich region, and if possible, they will invest in the Northern Sea Route for shipping across its wide northern side as ice melts.
The head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, Dmitry Rogozin, confirmed via a post on Twitter that the satellite was successfully launched into the Arctic. Rogozin wrote how the Arktika-M was launched via Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome, and the space satellite had reached its intended orbit.
Roscosmos space agency plans to launch and send up a second satellite in 2023. They believe that they will have two space satellites that will offer round-the-clock, all-weather monitoring of the climate changes on the Arctic Ocean and the Earth’s surface.
The space satellite is equipped with a highly elliptical orbit that will enable it to pass over northern latitudes, allowing it to monitor and record the north region’s climatic conditions for a while before it loops back down under Earth.
Roscosmos added that the Arktika-M is expected to monitor and take images of the Arctic every 15-30 minutes. This feature can’t be done or recorded by existing satellites that orbit above the Earth’s equator.
The space satellite will act as a rescue program and form part of the international Cospas-Sarsat satellite-based search because it will be able to retransmit distress signals from aircraft, ships, or people residing in remote areas.
Mia Bennett, a geographer at the University of Hong Kong, believes that Arktika-M will contribute a lot to how countries, especially Russia, monitor their climate changes in the Arctic.
Bennet stated that as more activity happens in the Arctic and moves into higher attitudes, more weather and ice forecasting abilities will be approved overtime. She believes a country like Russia that sees itself as a space power can now rely on its own space satellite -Arktika-M to monitor climate and other means, be it commercial or military in nature.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.