For the first time since 1980s the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia (Roshydromet) took delivery of a new flying laboratory – the unique research facility derived from Yak-42D aircraft is fitted with more than 70 instruments and sensors. It will be collecting data related to radiation, cosmic-ray particles, land and atmosphere pollution, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, Sergey Donskoy.
"We can’t solve a single environmental problem without high-quality monitoring. We have already discussed this matter at a recent congress for environmental specialists. This week we took delivery of the advanced flying laboratory. It is capable of measuring more parameters than any spacecraft", — Sergey Donskoy said.
The Yak-42D “Hydromet” flying laboratory was developed and manufactured in the network of the Federal Target Program “Creation and development of a geophysical monitoring system above the territory of Russian Federation for 2008-2015 period". The jet was developed by Roshydromet in cooperation with Myasishchev design bureau and a number of institutions.
The multi-role flying laboratory is intended for geophysical monitoring of atmosphere, earth and water surface. This is a unique flying laboratory in terms of combination of measured parameters – it fitted with 76 instruments and over 50 external sensors.
The aircraft is also able to spray silver iodide and perform cloud seeding.