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Clear Forecast For Weather-monitoring Mission
2011-11-08 09:54:39

International partners are looking ahead to Europe's second polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology — MetOp-B is set for launch next May. The Meteorological Operational satellite program is providing weather data services for monitoring the climate and improving weather forecasts. The first satellite in the series, MetOp-A, was launched in 2006. It continues to collect data on Earth´s temperature, humidity, wind speed, ozone and trace gases such as carbon...

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2011-07-12 11:05:50

ESA yesterday awarded a contract worth almost &eur;150 million to Astrium to develop and build two satellite sensors that will monitor Earth's atmosphere as part of Europe's Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. The identical spectrometers, known as Sentinel-4, will each be carried on Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) weather satellites, to be launched in 2019 and 2027. From geostationary orbit 36 000 km above the equator, Sentinel-4 will provide data every hour on the...

2011-06-07 09:00:00

AURORA, Colo., June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) team successfully completed the third major communications upgrade at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, in support of future scientific and environmental satellite missions. McMurdo is the largest of the three, year-round U.S.-Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation (NSF) manages the U.S.-Antarctic Program through which it coordinates all U.S. scientific research on the continent in addition...

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2011-03-09 13:59:13

To ensure that a continuous flow of accurate and timely satellite data is available to forecast the weather and study climate change in the coming decades, ESA is looking to the future by preparing the next generation of MetOp satellites. The current MetOp series has three identical satellites. Launched in 2006, MetOp-A is Europe's first polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology, and will be followed by MetOp-B in 2012 and MetOp-C in 2016. These first three MetOp satellites...

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2011-02-27 06:20:00

Europe has been given the go-ahead with the $4.6 billion project to build a next-generation weather satellite system. Eumetsat said on Friday that all participating nations had now agreed to the program and its financing. The new system should bring a change in weather forecasting capability, guaranteeing European access to space-acquired meteorological data until at least the late 2030s. Eumetsat Director-General Dr. Lars Prahm welcomed the news and told BBC:  "It was not an easy...

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2010-11-19 12:47:12

A contract has been signed that will allow the work to start on a new generation of weather satellites for Europe. Six satellites will be built to help forecasters receive up-to-the-minute data on developing weather systems. Governments in 2008 approved the R&D phase of the program, but political wrangling helped to delay its creation. Thales Alenia Space (France) and OHB System (Germany) have now been told they can proceed with the work. A contract initiating the detailed design of...

2010-11-15 14:20:03

Since its latest series of deadly eruptions, Java's Mt Merapi has been spewing volcanic ash clouds into the air. Satellite data are crucial for assessing the eruption's danger to air traffic and public safety. Mt Merapi began erupting on 26 October and has killed more than 200 people. Numerous international flights in and out of the Indonesia area have been cancelled due to ash clouds. Flying through such clouds is a threat to safety because the damaging particles can lead to engine...

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2010-08-03 12:51:22

The Payload Module of ESA's latest meteorological satellite, MetOp-B, has been hauled out of the largest vacuum chamber in Europe: its ability to operate in the harsh conditions of space has been proved. After more than a month of testing in ESA's Large Space Simulator (LSS) at ESTEC in the Netherlands, MetOp-B's Payload Module was lifted out of the vacuum chamber on July 28. The module hosts all of the sensitive meteorological instruments. It had been placed within the LSS to recreate space...

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2010-06-22 14:15:00

Europe is launching its next-generation of polar orbiting weather satellites in a two-spacecraft configuration, according to a recent BBC News report. Eumetsat, the organization that operates Europe's weather observatories, took the decision at its latest council meeting in Rome. The organization will allow additional instruments to be flown, producing even more data for numerical weather prediction models. Eumetsat Polar System, Second Generation (EPS-2G), will be a multi-billion dollar...

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2010-05-30 09:20:00

One thought to come out of a meeting of 50 experts gathered this week in Frascati is for Europe to require space-born lasers to help provide information on the vertical scale of volcanic ash clouds. This information could be used to work out ash concentration levels, helping scientists determine the risk to aircraft engines. Data from the U.S. Calipso lidar was shown to be very effective. The European Space Agency currently has two lidar (light detection and ranging) missions in the works....