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

Whats Next?

  • MetOp-C launch targeted from September 18, 2018 to November 6, 2018 from a Soyuz launch vehicle out of the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana.
  • US Instrument Activations Complete - TBD
  • SIOV Complete- TBD
  • SIOV Report Complete- TBD

Status Updates

  • MetOp-C spacecraft and ESGE ship to Launch Site - Completed June 26, 2018
  • LORR-2 Kick-off Meeting- Completed May 23, 2018
  • The project presented status of U.S. instruments at EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) Day at EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt DE on 31 January 2018.
  • Launch site survey was held in Kourou, French Guiana at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) on 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 on 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 on April 24-27, 2018.
  • MetOp-C Environmental testing was completed in late December 2017.
  • MetOp-C Radio Frequency (RF) testing was successfully conducted in September 2017 at Airbus - Toulouse FR. All US instrument performance was nominal
  • AMSU-A1, AMSU-A2, AVHRR, and SEM performance was nominal during post-shipment abbreviated functional testing which was conducted on 4-5 July 2017 at Airbus - Toulouse FR
  • Preparation for, and shipment of the Payload Module and ground support equipment to Airbus in Toulouse, France in June 2017 was completed without incident
  • The MetOp-C Payload Module (PLM) completed thermal vacuum testing in April 2017. All US instrument performance was nominal
  • 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 on January 4, 2017 System Functional Testing of Payload Module (including all U.S. instruments) successfully completed at Airbus - Friedrichshafen, DE in 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 agreements between NOAA and NASA (GSFC), the POES project is providing four heritage POES instruments: AMSU-1, AMSU-2, 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
Ron Hooker

NASA MetOp Mission Manager
Roberto M. Alemán

POES/MetOp Instrument Systems Manager [Vacant]

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