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Weather Forecasting Taken Into The Future
2014-05-20 03:49:45

ESA The first documents signaling the go-ahead for Europe’s fleet of MetOp Second Generation weather satellites were signed today in the presence of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Berlin Air Show. Set to debut in 2021, this next generation will comprise three pairs of satellites to secure essential information for weather forecasting through the decades beyond. Not only will MetOp Second Generation (MetOp-SG) offer continuity of the current MetOp series, today the main...

Sensors For Seafaring Satellite Shipped By NASA
2013-05-23 15:21:07

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Three NASA-built instruments that are integral components of the next in a series of U.S./European ocean altimetry satellites have arrived in France for integration with their spacecraft in preparation for a 2015 launch. Jason-3 will extend the two-decade series of satellites that are tracking global sea level changes and enabling more accurate weather, ocean and climate forecasts. The three instruments are a microwave radiometer and two location-finding...

First Data From Polar Orbit Delivered By Metop-B
2012-09-28 16:00:35

Four of the instruments on the Metop-B weather satellite (AMSU-A, ASCAT, MHS, GRAS) have been activated this week and are delivering data. This demonstrates that Metop-B, launched on 17 September, is performing well and is on its way towards replacing the ageing Metop-A as prime operational satellite in polar orbit, after the six-month commissioning phase. The Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) and Microwave Humidity Sounder (MHS) are innovative European instruments. ASCAT delivers...

Control Of The Metop-B Weather Satellite Handed Over To EUMETSAT By ESA
2012-09-21 10:31:28

Yesterday, at 18:30 local time EUMETSAT took control of Metop-B operations, following the three-day Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) conducted by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) of the European Space Agency (ESA). The handover follows the launch of Metop-B on 17 September. Since Monday evening, teams at ESA´s European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, have been busy day and night during the Launch and Early Orbit Phase. As planned, they checked all of...

Soyuz Rocket Launches European Weather Satellite Into Orbit
2012-09-17 13:29:18

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A European weather satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today (Sept. 17) at 10:29 p.m. local time (12:29 p.m. EDT) aboard a Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket, according to Russia´s space agency Roscosmos. The MetOp-B satellite will be used to acquire data critical for weather forecasters. The flight into orbit lasted just over an hour and went off without a hitch. MetOp-B will ensure there remains a...

Weather Satellite Set For Liftoff
2012-09-11 09:07:26

As preparations for the launch of Europe´s latest weather satellite continue on track, the team in Kazakhstan has said farewell to MetOp-B as it was sealed in the Soyuz rocket fairing. Liftoff is set for 16:28 GMT (18:28 CEST) on Monday. Encapsulation is an important and somewhat emotional milestone on the road to launch as it is the last time MetOp-B will be seen. The launch campaign team has spent the last six weeks or so at the Baikonur Cosmodrome testing and preparing this...

Weather Satellite Set To Blast Into Space
2012-09-07 13:41:00

Later this month, Europe´s newest meteorology satellite, MetOp-B, will blast into space from Baikonur Cosmodrome. For mission control teams at ESA, liftoff marks the start of 72 hours of intense focus during the mission´s critical launch and early orbit phase. MetOp-B is the second of three MetOp polar-orbiting satellites procured on behalf of Eumetsat, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, by ESA from a European industrial consortium led by...

Glimpse Of Peek-a-blue Moon Caught On Satellite
2012-09-03 09:39:38

Europe´s latest weather satellite got a glimpse of the Moon before our celestial neighbor disappeared from view behind Earth on Friday. Since its launch two months ago, MSG-3 has been working well and is on its way to entering service. The image shows the second full Moon of the month — known as a ℠blue´ Moon — just before it disappeared from the MSG-3 satellite´s sight behind the southern hemisphere. Brazil´s eastern coast along the South Atlantic...

New Date Set For Metop Launch
2012-06-30 10:06:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency (ESA) announced a new launch date for its latest edition to its polar-orbiting satellite group, Metop. The new launch date is set for Metop-B satellite on September 19, 2012, when it will be lifting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. ESA said the satellite is being stored in a controlled environment in the Starsem facilities in Baikonur, and it will be subject to a set of tests and activities before its...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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