EUMETSAT decommissions Meteosat-7 after almost 20 years of service
Today, EUMETSAT decommissioned Meteosat-7, the last first generation of Meteosat geostationary spacecraft, after almost 20 years of service.
MSG-4 satellite ready for operations and stored in orbit as Meteosat-11
EUMETSAT has successfully completed the commissioning of its MSG-4 satellite, and renamed it Meteosat-11.
MSG-4, Europe’s latest weather satellite, delivers first image
On 4 August 2015 the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-4 captured its first image of Earth.
ESA hands over control of the MSG-4 weather satellite to EUMETSAT
On 26 July at 11:30 CEST, EUMETSAT took control of Europe’s last Meteosat Second Generation weather satellite, MSG-4.
EUMETSAT ready to take over the MSG-4 satellite
EUMETSAT is ready to take control of the MSG-4 spacecraft on 26 July and start the commissioning of the full MSG-4 system. This will ensure that all systems, in orbit and on ground, meet the requirements of the operational service MSG-4 will eventually have to deliver.
EUMETSAT and Arianespace announce signature of launch contract for three MTG satellites
Immediately after the successful launch of MSG-4, EUMETSAT and Arianespace announced the signature of a contract entrusting Arianespace with the first launch services for the Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) series of geostationary satellites. It consists of two firm launches for MTG-I1 and MTG-S1, and one option for MTG-I2.
MSG-4 successfully launched
At 23:42:07 CEST (18:42:07 Kourou time) on 15 July 2015, MSG-4, the last in the MSG series of geostationary satellites, was successfully launched from Kourou, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on an Ariane-5 launcher.
MSG-4 launch reset to 15 July
Arianespace has announced that the launch date of the MSG-4 satellite from the European Spaceport in Kourou, originally foreseen for 8 July, has been reset to 15 July 2015.
Launch of MSG-4 postponed for a few days
Arianespace has announced that the dual launch of the Star One C4 and MSG-4 satellites from the European Spaceport in Kourou, originally foreseen for 8 July, has been postponed for a few days, due to additional checks as part of the launch preparations.
Launch of MSG-4 postponed to 8 July
The launch date of the MSG-4 satellite from the European Spaceport in Kourou, originally foreseen for 2 July, has been reset to 8 July 2015 due to the rescheduling of the preceding satellite launch from Kourou.
MSG-4 preparing to ship for 2 July 2015 launch and placement into in-orbit storage
EUMETSAT is preparing to ship its fourth Meteosat Second Generation (MSG-4) satellite to French Guiana on 27 April. The satellite will leave Nice airport on board an Antonov aircraft for arrival in Cayenne, French Guiana, on 28 April for launch on 2 July from the European Space Port.