This area provides material covering many aspects of the satellite, its instrumentation and general aspects of the programme, ground and data distribution systems.
Launch and Interviews
In this video, you can watch the launch and separation of MSG-3 from the Ariane 5 launch vehicle on 5 July 2012.
The importance of MSG-3
In this Interview Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT explains the importance of the launch and of the Meteosat Second Generation Programme to Europe and our partners worldwide.
Meteosat programme overview
Sergio Rota, Associate Director for GEO Programmes at EUMETSAT, provides an operational overview of the Meteosat Second Generation programme and explains the part MSG-3 will play
Marianne König, Meteorological Scientist at EUMETSAT, outlines the instrumentation aboard the Meteosat Second Generation satellites and explains how they can be used.
MSG Data in use
In this interview, Nataša Strelec Mahović of the Meteorological and Hydrological Institute of Croatia outlines how MSG data are used in Croatia
MSG data in use
In this interview, Paul de Valk of Koninklijk Nederland Meteorologisch Instituut (KNMI), illustrates how Meteosat products assist in weather prediction throughout the Netherlands
Satellite and Instruments
SEVIRI Radiometer Operating Principle
This short video shows the scanning principle of the SEVIRI Radiometer, the primary imstrument aboard MSG satellites. Meteosat-9, the current primary MSG satellite, scans the 'full disc' of the Earth every 30 minutes.
SEVIRI Rapid Scan
This video shows the area covered by the 'rapid scanning service' provided by Meteosat-8, the current secondary MSG satellite. The reduced area allows the scan speed to be doubled to every 15 minutes.
Data Example - Eyjafjalla-jÖkull Eruption
This video shows how the 'dust and ash' product, derived from MSG data, was used to track the ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland as it swept across Europe in May 2009, bringing widspread disruption to air travel.
Ground system and data distribution
EUMETSAT ground system and data distribution
An introduction to the EUMETSAT ground system, including its data distribution mechanisms