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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?

  • Preparation for, and shipment of, Payload Module and ground support equipment to Airbus in Toulouse, France — June 2017.
  • The MetOp-C Payload Module is scheduled to be at ESTEC through June 2017 for thermal vacuum testing. Environmental testing in Toulouse, France scheduled from July 2017 to January 2018.
  • MetOp-C launch October 2018 Kourou, French Guiana.

Status Updates

  • Payload Module Thermal Vacuum Testing at ESTEC in Noordwijk, Holland --Successfully completed April 2017. All NOAA instruments performed nominally
  • Final integration of European instruments on the Payload Module (PLM) at Airbus in Germany -- Completed November 2016. MetOp-C PLM shipped to ESTEC January 2017.
  • The MetOp-C payload module was shipped and has arrived at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Holland — Completed on January 4, 2017
  • System Functional Testing of Payload Module (including all U.S. instruments) successfully completed at Airbus in Friedrichshafen, Germany — November 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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