A new Russian space aircraft Myasishchev M-55 Geophysica 55204 landed on Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu on 6:30 AM today morning.
Station Manager for Buddha Air at Kathmandu reported the aircraft had arrived for the Meteorological study of Nepal along with 70-80 metrological officers and crews. The ground handling of the space aircraft will be operated by Buddha Air.
Currently, the aircraft is parked on international bay number 8 at Tribhuvan International Airport and will stay at the Buddha Air hangar, eastern helipad.
The M-55 is expected to stay for a maximum of 30 days as per the officials from the Buddha Air.
The Myasishchev M-55 is a high-altitude geophysical research aircraft developed by OKB Myasishchev in the Soviet Union with a twin boom fuselage and tail surface design. It is a twin-engined development of the Myasishchev M-17 Stratosphera with a higher maximum take-off weight. The aircraft has reached a class record altitude of 21,360 m (70,080 ft).