In April 2013, Meteosat-9 will take over the Rapid Scanning Service (RSS) from Meteosat-8. Meteosat-9 and -10 will then form the two-satellite configuration Press Release
|LEOP||Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) begins, executed by ESOC under contract to EUMETSAT:||Completed
|This phase involves several manoeuvres to ensure injection of the satellite into the correct geostationary orbit; removal of SEVIRI baffle cover and cooler cover, and the start of a decontamination process||Completed
|Drift Phase||MSG-3 begins drift to 3.4 deg W, decontamination is completed; SEVIRI is switched off. In parallel, satellite ranging for orbit determination is performed by EUMETSAT||Completed|
|Handover||Handover to EUMETSAT from ESOC||Completed
|Commissioning||Executed by EUMETSAT to verify in orbit performance and to characterise end to end performance before the service to users will start.||About 6 Months duration|
|A stop manoeuvre is performed to position the Spacecraft at 3.4 deg W||Completed
|RF interface testing with EUMETSAT ground stations; Mission Communication Payload (MCP) testing, including the activation of SAR and DCP receivers; LRIT/HRIT RF tests||Ongoing|
|Switch on SEVIRI and 1st SEVIRI image taking||Completed
|Switch on GERB||Completed
|Data first available from EUMETCast, to Validation Partners for test purposes only||Completed
25 Sept (Images),
27 Sept (Met Products)
|Trial dissemination, to Member/Cooperating State NMS, ECMWF and registered manufacturers||Completed
|Commissioning Results Review: MSG-3 spacecraft declared ready for operations and is renamed to Meteosat-10, relocation to 0 deg is authorised.||Completed
|Formal parallel dissemination to the wider user community||Started
Trial dissemination of MSG-3 data and meteorolgical products has started.
The straylight tests were conducted to evaluate the impact of stray solar light on the instrument’s optics with SEVIRI in a nominal scanning pattern.
The Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget (GERB) instrument aboard MSG-3 has been successfully activated today (10 August).
Today (7 August), the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-3 captured its first image of the Earth.