MetOp-B is the second of three European Space Agency (ESA) and European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat) weather satellites. It is the latest mission in a series of European polar orbiting satellites and was launched September 17, 2012.
AVHRR/3 → Measures reflected solar (visible and near-IR) energy and radiated thermal energy from land, sea, clouds, and the intervening atmosphere.
SEM-2 → Provides measurements to determine the intensity of the Earth's radiation belts and the flux of charged particles at the satellite altitude.
HIRS/4 → Used to determine ocean surface temperatures, total atmospheric ozone levels, precipitable water, cloud height and coverage, and surface radiance.
AMSU → Measures scene radiance in the microwave spectrum, and allows the calculation of the vertical water vapor profiles from the Earth's surface.+ Go to the European Instruments →