Tag: spacecraft

Thar she blows – Polarstern blog number five

Blog number five has landed and this week the hot topic is... wind!

/ 14 December 2018

Industrial and agricultural ammonia point sources exposed

The Atmospheric Spectroscopy Group at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) have been using the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) onboard Metop satellites to identify global ammonia hotspots, and they have kindly shared their findings with us.

/ 6 December 2018

Metop-C – where is it now?

EUMETSAT’s polar-orbiting satellite Metop-C is now flying in its final operating orbit, in a tri-star constellation with Metop-A and –B, after a recent series of manoeuvres.

/ 27 November 2018

Metop-C – on the launch pad and ready to go

Metop-C is now safely encapsulated inside the fairing atop the Soyuz launcher and waiting on the launch pad in Kourou.

/ 6 November 2018

Metop – still state-of-the-art, 30 years on

In previous blogs, we’ve explained the unprecedented positive impact the data from Metop satellites have had on the accuracy of weather forecasting.

/ 22 October 2018

Why we need Metop-C – Observations from polar orbit benefit weather forecasting and climate monitoring on Earth

While Metop-C gets prepared for lift-off on the morning of 7 November, let’s take the time to look at the reasons for launching and operating such a complex system. What are the benefits for weather forecasting and climate monitoring? Why...

/ 21 September 2018

Assembling Metop-C for launch

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know Metop-C safely arrived in Kourou, French Guiana, aboard three massive Antonov cargo planes.

/ 10 August 2018

Extending the working lifetime of the Metop-A weather satellite

This autumn, EUMETSAT will allow the Metop-A weather satellite to start drifting from its normal orbit to extend its lifetime for an additional four years.

/ 7 June 2017

Where old satellites go to die

Meteosat-7, EUMETSAT’s oldest operational meteorological satellite, tomorrow begins its final journey to the great graveyard orbit in the sky.

/ 2 April 2017