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Metop-B spacecraft illustration over the Earth

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

Under Interagency agreements with NOAA, NASA (GSFC) is providing four POES heritage instruments AMSU-1, AMSU-2, AVHRR/3 and SEM-2 in support of the MetOp C Mission.

Whats Next?

  • Final integration of European instruments on the Payload Module at Airbus in Germany — is ongoing
  • System Functional Testing of Payload Module (including all U.S. instruments) — November 2016.
  • Preparation for, and shipment of, Payload Module and ground support equipment to European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Holland — December 2016
  • Payload Module Thermal Vacuum Testing at ESTEC in Noordwijk, Holland — February - May 2017.
  • Preparation for, and shipment of, Payload Module and ground support equipment to Airbus in Toulouse, France — June 2017
  • MetOp-C launch October 2018 Kourou, French Guiana

Status Updates

  • Payload Module in storage at Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany — early May 2016 to early September 2016
  • Payload Module removed from storage at Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany — early September 2016
  • SEM TED and MEPED sensors were recalibrated at Assurance Technology Corporation in Chelmsford MA — November 9 - 20, 2015
  • Payload Module in storage at Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany — July 2015 to early March 2016
  • NASA delivered the SEM sensors to Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany — March 17, 2016
  • Payload Module removed from storage at Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany — mid-March 2016
  • SEM TED and MEPED were integrated on the Payload Module and successfully tested. All NASA instruments are now installed on MetOp-C Payload Module.
  • AMSU-A1 and AMSU-A2 successfully completed Annual Activation — April 25 - 27, 2016
  • AVHRR 309 successfully completed Annual Activation — April 28 - 29, 2016

The POES project instruments provide critical operational climate data that is integrated into the weather prediction model used in developing current and extended weather forecasts.

MetOp satellite illustration from ESA

MetOp-B Launches with NASA Goddard-Developed Instruments

This European meteorological satellite was launched Sept. 17,2012, with five environmental instruments aboard that were developed by the Polar Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. These instruments were developed under a reimbursable agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). + Go to Feature

+ ESA MetOp-B Launch Blog
+ Summary of GSFC Role on MetOp-B (PDF)


The Missions


Contact POES

POES Project Manager
Karen Halterman

POES Deputy Project Manager
Gene Martin

NASA MetOp Mission Manager
Roberto M. Alemán

POES/MetOp Instrument Systems Manager
Ron Hooker




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