EPS A Spot



EPS A Spot
EPS A Spot

The Metop-B and C polar orbiting meteorological satellites make up the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS) series. Metop-A, the first satellite in this series, was deorbited at the end of 2021.

Last Updated

08 December 2022

Published on

01 July 2020

EPS is the European contribution to the Initial Joint Polar System Agreement (IJPS), an agreement between EUMETSAT and NOAA. The Metop satellites fly in a Low Earth orbit corresponding to local 'morning', while the US is responsible for 'afternoon' coverage.

The series provides data for both operational meteorology and climate studies. The combination of instruments on board the Metop satellites have remote sensing capabilities to observe the Earth by day and night, as well as under cloudy conditions.


Metop-B (launched on 17 September 2012) and Metop-C (launched on 7 November 2018) are in a lower polar orbit, at an altitude of 817km.

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