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Image 1 - A New Generation Of Meteorological Satellites
2012-02-25 05:43:22

Europe´s next fleet of meteorological satellites is set to debut in 2017, following today´s signing of the development contract. While Meteosat Third Generation will ensure full continuity with the current Meteosat satellite family, it will also introduce significant improvements. At an event held today at ESA´s headquarters in Paris, the contract between ESA and Thales Alenia Space for developing the new Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) family of satellites was signed....

MeteoSat 2-day Live test
2012-02-07 13:39:17

An intensive, two-day test of the third Meteosat Second Generation satellite saw ESA mission controllers in Germany connecting their computers to the satellite at a manufacturing facility in France. The test was a milestone in the lead up to launch this summer. The complex System Validation Test ended last Thursday, after engineers sent multiple commands to the satellite and received data and telemetry from it. It was the first long-duration connection between the Meteosat Second...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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2010-05-06 10:50:00

The volcanic activity that has recently happened in Iceland is making the case for a new satellite tracking instruments. As ash from Eyjafjallajokull grounded more flights this week, Dr. Fred Prata, a remote sensing expert, told an Earth sciences meeting in Vienna that current monitoring from space was good but not good enough. "Of the present suite of satellite instruments, none were developed for the volcanic ash problem," he said. "Therefore, they are sub-optimal for detecting and...

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2010-03-19 08:56:01

The tendering process that will result in the supply of Europe's next series of meteorological satellites, Meteosat Third Generation, has reached an advanced stage as ESA invites Thales Alenia Space to enter formal contract negotiations. These negotiations follow rigorous evaluation of the proposals to build the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites "“ with the Tender Evaluation Board (TEB) meeting three times since October to review the offers. Two consortia responded to the...


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