European Space Agency (ESA)
ESA is a key partner in the development of satellites required by EUMETSAT's mandatory programmes and in the European Copernicus Programme.
EUMETSAT participates in a vast range of activities in the international arena in the pursuit of its strategy.
European Meteorological Infrastructure (EMI)
EUMETSAT is a member of the network of operational meteorological organisations.
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
The WMO is the United Nations’ specialised agency for meteorology.
European Union/European Commission
The European Commission (EC) is the executive body of the European Union (EU).
ESA's mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
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Having 22 Member States, ESA coordinates the financial and intellectual resources of its members and can thus undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
How we work together
ESA and EUMETSAT have a long-standing cooperation. The Meteosat programme was initiated in the 1970s as an ESA programme. When Meteosat satellites had demonstrated their operational capacities, EUMETSAT was created to take over and develop operational satellite meteorological programmes in Europe.
Since then, EUMETSAT and ESA have worked closely in the development of the current EUMETSAT Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) and EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) programmes, and are cooperating on future EUMETSAT programmes such as Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and the EUMETSAT Polar System-Second Generation (EPS-SG). The observations derived from the MTG and EPS-SG programmes will complement future satellite missions, expected within the 2025-2040 timeframe.
Under their terms of agreement, ESA is responsible for the development of the space segment of EUMETSAT programmes, and EUMETSAT is responsible for the overall system (e.g. launch services, the ground segment and the operations for the duration of the mission).
As a general rule, ESA funds a major part of the development costs of the first satellite of a series; EUMETSAT financially contributes through a fixed share (30 percent) to its development costs and fully funds the costs of the recurrent satellites, the launch services and operations of all the satellites, including their ground segment.
ESA and EUMETSAT also collaborate in the European Copernicus Programme. EUMETSAT is the operational agency for the ESA Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellite (marine mission) and the Sentinel-6 mission, together with US partners (NASA and NOAA). EUMETSAT will soon be the operational agency for Sentinel-4 and -5 (atmosphere monitoring missions), as part of the MTG and EPS-SG programmes. EUMETSAT also delivers all data from these missions through its integrated ground segment infrastructure.
Furthermore, ESA and EUMETSAT are the European partners of the CEOS Secretariat.
For more information, please visit the ESA website.
Biennial Information Day for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia NMHS: 21-22 April 2021
The EUMETSAT Information day for Eastern Europe, Caucasian and Central Asia NMHS.
EUMETSAT Information Day for the Western Balkan NMHS
EUMETSAT will hold its biennial Information Day for the Western Balkan NMHS on 13-14 April 2021.
EUMETSAT redistributes novel real-time wind data
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Extension of Delegation Agreement with the European Union for the Copernicus Programme
The signing of an updated Delegation Agreement between the European Union, represented by the European Commission (EC), and EUMETSAT took place today in Brussels.
EUMETSAT approves funding for storage of recurrent MTG satellites
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Space agencies cooperate to meet global meteorological Earth observation needs
The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites has agreed a framework for assessing its contributions of satellite observations to the WMO’s plans for a global integrated system of Earth observation.