There are several manufacturers producing Data Collection Platform (DCP) Radio Transmitters which are used for an increasing range of applications.
Whenever a new or modified DCP radio transmitter is brought onto the market it must be certified for use in the Data Collection System (DCS), i.e. it must undergo a series of tests to ensure that it is both technically and operationally compatible with the Meteosat system and the other geostationary meteorological satellites.
Once a DCP has achieved type certification, it may be marketed without the need for further certification tests, provided the design is not altered in any way and that the DCP assembly as a whole meets the specified performance standards.
In the event that any modifications or design changes are made which might affect the performance of the equipment, a prototype, with full documentation of changes and modifications, must be submitted to EUMETSAT for testing and re-certification.
DCP Radio Transmitter Certification Process
Any manufacturer contemplating certification should read TD 16 - Meteosat Data Collection and Distribution Service (PDF, 1 MB).
If you'd like to register for certification then please see the Registration for DCP Certification (PDF, 65 KB)..