Metop-C: monitoring weather, atmosphere and oceans
The Metop-C polar-orbiting weather satellite is scheduled to launch on 6 November 2018
Metop-C is the third and last satellite of the Metop series that forms the space segment of the EUMETSAT Polar System (EPS).
The EPS system also comprises a comprehensive ground segment enabling EUMETSAT to control the Metop satellites, acquire and process their data and distribute observational products in real time to users worldwide.
The Metop satellites have eight main instruments and fly in a sun-synchronous “mid-morning” polar orbit at an altitude of 817km, which enables global observations of weather, atmospheric composition, ocean and land surfaces.
When Metop-C is launched and commissioned, EUMETSAT will simultaneously operate three Metop satellites equally spaced around their orbit about 120° apart, and this is expected to continue until the de-orbiting of Metop-A, which is planned for 2022.