After three days of intensive testing by the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), EUMETSAT has taken over control of its newest polar-orbiting meteorological satellite, Metop-C, and started flight operations of a constellation of three Metop satellites.
At 01:47 CET (21:47 Kourou time), EUMETSAT’s polar-orbiting meteorological satellite Metop-C was successfully launched on a Soyuz ST-B rocket from the European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana.
Sentinel-3A Land Products for Africa will be available on EUMETCast Africa from 3 December 2018.
From 17 December 2018, the distribution of these products on EUMETCast will stop.
The first science data from the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU-A) on board Metop-C has been received after the instrument was switched on just nine days after the satellite’s launch on 6 November. The AMSU-A data were received during a series of instrument tests taking place before the satellite is operational.
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