November 21, 2005
MSG-2 Satellite ready for launch on 21 December 2005
Arianespace has confirmed Wednesday, 21 December as new launch date for MSG-2. The satellite is to be launched on an Ariane GS 5 launcher (flight number V169) from Kourou, French Guyana at 22:33 UTC (23:33 CET; 19:33 Kourou time).
The live launch will be visible on EUMETSAT's webpage www.eumetsat.int.
MSG-2 (to be renamed Meteosat-9 once operational) will ensure that European forecasters and researchers continue to benefit from the advanced data and images provided by the current operational satellite, Meteosat-8.
The Meteosat Second Generation satellites disseminate improved information and imagery for weather forecasting as well as other applications such as hydrology, agriculture and environmental studies. The data collected are routinely used for the study of weather and climate change and have proven to be vital in the context of severe weather situations were they help to reduce losses of human life and property.
The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites, is an intergovernmental organisation that establishes and maintains operational meteorological satellites for 18 European States (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom). EUMETSAT has signed 11 Cooperating State Agreements. Those with Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic have entered into force whereas the Agreement with Serbia and Montenegro is to be ratified in the near future.
EUMETSAT is currently operating Meteosat-6, -7 and -8 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-5 over the Indian Ocean.
The data, product and services from EUMETSAT’s satellites make a significant contribution to weather forecasting and to the monitoring of the global climate.