fullstory Russia to launch weather satellite today Moscow, Sep 15 (Itar-Tass) After a decade-long pause, Russia will launch an weather satellite today, officials at Roskosmos Federal Space Agency told Itar-Tass. The Meteor-M unit will restore Russia's membership in the small club of countries with meteorological satellites of their own in orbit. "Besides Meteor-M, the payload includes several smaller space units. The launch of the Soyuz-2 booster with the Fregat acceleration unit from the Baikonur cosmodrome is scheduled for 19:55 hours local time," aerospace officials said. In the previous decade, when Russia had no weather satellites, it had to use incomplete information provided by the international cluster of weather satellites launched by the United States, the European Union, India and China. The Meteor-3M complex is developed as part of the federal space program in 2006-2015. It will comprises three Meteor-M units.