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    MetopC Launch blog

    MetOp-C Launches!

    The third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, has been launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit.

Whats Next?

  • US Instruments TRB 11/30 to 12/19/18
  • SIOV PTR 12/20/18
  • SIOV Final Review and Presentation 1/30/19-1/31/19

Status Updates

  • MetOp-C launches successfully on a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana - November 6
  • Batch 5 Red/Green Tag Activities – Final Inspections at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - successfully completed November 5
  • Batch 3 Red/Green Tag Activities – SEM at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - successfully completed October 29
  • MetOp-C SIOV Simulation #5 at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt DE - successfully completed October 18
  • Batch 2 Red/Green Tag Activities – AMSU at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - successfully completed October 16
  • MetOp-C Countdown Rehearsal at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - successfully completed September 28
  • Batch 1 Red/Green Tag Activities – AVHRR at CSG Kourou, French Guiana- successfully completed September 27

MetOp-C is the next (and last) mission in the original a series of three polar orbiting weather satellites from EUMETSAT and ESA.

Metop-B spacecraft illustration over the Earth

Under an interagency agreement between NOAA (NESDIS) and NASA (GSFC), the POES project is providing four heritage POES instruments: AMSU-A1, AMSU-A2, AVHRR/3 and SEM-2 to ESA and EUMETSAT in support of the MetOp-C Mission.



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