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Metop-B spacecraft illustration over the Earth

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

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.

Whats Next?

  • The project to present status of U.S. instruments at EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) Day at EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt DE on 31 January 2018
  • Launch site survey scheduled in Kourou, French Guiana at the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) February 5-9, 2018
  • MetOp-C System Functional Testing (SFT) planned at Airbus - Toulouse FR, 20 February through 7 March 2018
  • MetOp-C Flight Acceptance Review (FAR) Kickoff Meeting will be hosted by ESA near European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, South Holland, in the western Netherlands 15 March 2018
  • Metop-C Satellite Systems Verification Testing (SSVT-6) will be conducted in a joint test operated out of EUMETSAT Headquarters in Darmstadt DE and Airbus - Toulouse FR 24-27 April 2018
  • MetOp-C launch targeted for early October 2018 from a Soyuz launch vehicle out of the Guiana Space Centre (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana

Status Updates

  • MetOp-C Environmental testing 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

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
Gene Martin

POES Deputy Project Manager
Ron Hooker

NASA MetOp Mission Manager
Roberto M. Alemán

POES/MetOp Instrument Systems Manager

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