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Providing critical operational climate data that is used in developing current and extended weather forecasts.


Whats Next?

  • MetOp-C Satellite In-Orbit Verification (SIOV) Simulation #4 (US Instruments) at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt DE - August 22
  • Batch 1 Red/Green Tag Activities – AVHRR at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - September 27
  • MetOp-C Countdown Rehearsal at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - September 28
  • Batch 2 Red/Green Tag Activities – AMSU at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - October 16
  • MetOp-C SIOV Simulation #5 at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt DE - October 18
  • Batch 3 Red/Green Tag Activities – SEM at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - October 29
  • Batch 5 Red/Green Tag Activities – Final Inspections at CSG Kourou, French Guiana - November 5
  • MetOp-C target launch on a Soyuz launch vehicle from of the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana - November 6
  • US Instrument Activations Complete – November 12
  • SIOV Complete - TBD
  • SIOV Report Complete - TBD

Status Updates

  • MetOp-C spacecraft and ESGE ship to Launch Site - June 26, 2018
  • LORR-2 Kick-off Meeting - May 23, 2018
  • The project presented status of U.S. instruments at EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) Day at EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt DE - January 31, 2018.
  • Launch site survey was held in Kourou, French Guiana at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) - February 5-9, 2018.
  • MetOp-C System Functional Testing (SFT) was completed at Airbus in Toulouse FR from February 20 - March 7, 2018.
  • MetOp-C Flight Acceptance Review (FAR) Kickoff Meeting was hosted by ESA near European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, South Holland, in the western Netherlands - March 15, 2018.
  • Metop-C Satellite Systems Verification Testing (SSVT-6) was conducted in a joint test operated out of EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt DE and Airbus in Toulouse FR - April 24-27, 2018.
  • MetOp-C Environmental testing was completed - late December 2017.
  • MetOp-C Radio Frequency (RF) testing was successfully conducted at Airbus - Toulouse FR. All US instrument performance was nominal - September 2017
  • AMSU-A1, AMSU-A2, AVHRR, and SEM performance was nominal during post-shipment abbreviated functional testing which was conducted at Airbus - Toulouse FR - July 4-5, 2017
  • Preparation for, and shipment of the Payload Module and ground support equipment to Airbus in Toulouse, France was completed without incident - June 2017
  • The MetOp-C Payload Module (PLM) completed thermal vacuum testing. All US instrument performance was nominal - April 2017
  • The MetOp-C payload module was shipped from Airbus - Friedrichshafen, DE and arrived at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Holland - January 4, 2017
  • System Functional Testing of Payload Module (including all U.S. instruments) successfully completed at Airbus - Friedrichshafen, DE - late November 2016

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.

Contact POES

POES Project Manager
Gene Martin

POES Deputy Project Manager
Ronald J. Hooker, DSc.

NASA MetOp Mission Manager
Roberto M. Alemán

POES/MetOp Instrument Systems Manager [Vacant]


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