Satnews Daily
December 13th, 2017

EUMETSAT Extends Tenure of Meteosat and EUMETSAT Polar System for Seven Years

The council voted and since they were satisfied with their performances the council agreed to extend the satellites tour for seven years.

At its 88th session, the EUMETSAT Council agreed to exploit the Meteosat second generation (MSG) and EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) satellite systems for another seven years and opened the votes enabling the 30 Member States to formalize associated financial commitments in the course of 2018.

Meteosat Third Generation full constellation

These decisions reflect the substantial impact of observations from Meteosat and Metop satellites on weather forecasts at all ranges and take into account the latest assessment of  the performances and foreseen lifetime of all satellites in orbit and the forthcoming launch of the last Metop satellite (Metop-C) planned in the autumn 2018.

The Council also approved two ground segment contracts for the next generation Meteosat Third Generation and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 systems currently under development.

The IDPF-S (Instrument Data Processing Facility-Sounding) will process data from the IRS Infrared sounder and the Copernicus UVN/Sentinel-4 ultraviolet and near infrared sounder embarked on the Meteosat Third Generation sounding (MTG-S) satellites. The first of these satellites, MTG-S1, will be launched in 2023, two years after the first MTG imaging satellite, MTG-I1. 

The Payload Data Acquisition and Processing (PDAP) component of the Jason-CS ground segment will acquire data from the Copernicus Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 satellite and perform end-to-end processing. The development of the PDAP is funded by the EUMETSAT Jason-CS program, the organization’s contribution to the cooperative development of Copernicus Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 mission, involving also ESA, NASA, NOAA and the European Union through its Copernicus program. The first Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 satellite is planned for launch at the end of 2020.

The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organization based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).