Darmstadt and Paris, 28 June 2012 – The revised launch date for the Metop-B satellite
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has been set for 19 September 2012.
The launch campaign will resume in early July. The Metop-B satellite is being stored in a controlled environment in the Starsem facilities in Baikonur and will be subject to a set of tests and preparatory activities until its fuelling which is currently planned for August.
Metop-B is the second of three Metop polar-orbiting satellites procured on behalf of EUMETSAT by the European Space Agency from a European industrial consortium led by Astrium.
The satellite includes instruments delivered by the French space agency, CNES, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. The Metop satellites form the space segment of the EUMETSAT Polar System.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 26 European Member States (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and five Cooperating States (Bulgaria, Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, and Serbia).
EUMETSAT operates the Meteosat-8 and -9 geostationary satellites over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7 over the Indian Ocean.
Metop-A, the first European polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, was launched in
October 2006 and has been delivering operational data since 15 May 2007.
The Jason-2 ocean altimetry satellite, launched on 20 June 2008, added ocean surface
topography to the missions that EUMETSAT conducts.
The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites make a significant contribution to
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